Ordinary Time

Last week I rushed through a post in about 30 minutes.  This week I’ve been starring at a blank page for thirty minutes.  I’ve started and deleted four posts.

Writing is like that sometimes.

In the workshop I finished two doors for the laundry room cabinets.  They didn’t fit.  The bottom of the doors fit, but the top overlapped by about 1/16 of an inch.  And the door knobs are too close together.  Something is out of square.  Perhaps the door frame, perhaps the doors – maybe I missed measured something.

Woodworking is like that sometimes.

Last week at the office, one of my teams failed to deliver a promised bit of research.

Work is like that sometimes.

This morning Heather and I went hiking.  87 minutes, 3.2 miles among the redwoods and by the creek.  We noticed the recently fallen trees and noticed new growth.  The rangers had put up a new information sign.  There were the same kinds of people on the trail – runners, families, couples on a date, hiking groups and the solitary walkers. Heather found a beautiful leaf, I noticed that there was water flowing under a tree – just an ordinary walk with the just the feeling that, “it’s great to be here.”

Hiking is like that sometimes.

Sometimes life is just ordinary, simple with good things and not so good things.

Yet, we still breath the air and enjoy the things we are able to do.

Even if they’re a fraction off perfect.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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24 Responses to Ordinary Time

  1. I feel the need to go on a hike now.

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  2. booguloo says:

    Standing barefoot in the wet grass inhaling the ozone can give you a sense of peace just before you pass out.

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  3. mitchteemley says:

    Wise perspective, Andrew.


  4. I like your attitude! Without realizing it, I’ve developed a habit of finding “it’s great to be here” moments, with my morning tea on the front porch watching the rain/mist/sunshine/birds/whatever. It’s getting a bit nippy now (down to 0C this morning), but everything is fine as long as there’s hot tea and a warm blanket! 🙂

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  5. Christi says:

    You do well for an imperfect guy.
    You know, I tried your 30-minute method on my last post and wound up spending over two hours on it. Which wasn’t bad for me, I usually spend a couple days on them. 😉

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  6. Debra says:

    This so beautifully resonates with me, Andrew. My husband and I are at a stage where every “ordinary” day feels extraordinary and we try to fully appreciate the beauty in it. Yesterday we encountered deer on our walk less than 30 minutes from our home. Unusual and so special. I am so at peace when I can pull away from the tyranny of the urgent, and just breathe!

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  7. Enjoy every minute of life, it’ll be over before you know it.

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  8. Life is like that sometimes. We just adjust and keep going.


  9. dfolstad58 says:

    I’ve spent a great deal of time in hospitals over the last 40 years, up to 5 months one year. It was wonderful, just to leave and feel an ordinary breeze. Being content is huge.

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  10. Well said, friend. Nice way to start the day.

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  11. dorannrule says:

    I am experiencing writer’s block. “Writing is like that sometimes.”

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  12. It is interesting how times have changed. When I was a junior I would have been to scared of losing my job to miss a delivery deadline. We always delivered even if we had to work all night. We accept a low standard now.

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