Keeping the Extraordinary Out of the Realms of Ordinary

Have you ever noticed how many things in your life that are really extraordinary become very normal things for you?  Repetition seems to numb our awareness of the abnormal, the uniqueness that can find its way into our lives.  It is really sad if you think about it because there are some pretty amazing things in this world and far too often we just plain miss how amazing it really is. 

Imagine a waitress who works at one of the top rated restaurants in the country.  The waitress may come to a point where she will no longer eat any of the food served in this amazing restaurant because she is around it every day.  The extraordinary becomes normal to this waitress.  The extraordinary becomes ordinary.  People will continue to flock to this restaurant from all over the country to experience and taste this amazing food, but to this waitress, she views the food differently.  The food has not changed.  She is eating the same food that everyone else is, but she just sees it differently than those other people do.

The result of this altered perception can be tragic if you are a spouse, a parent, a leader, an entrepreneur or just about anything else.  Parents miss entire relationships with kids over this.  Spouses get divorced because of this.  Leaders miss opportunities.  We all miss the opportunity to live in awe of what we’ve so graciously have been given.  We all tend to forget to celebrate wins and embrace the good.

To overcome this reality, to keep the extraordinary from becoming ordinary, we MUST stop and reflect on what is around us.  We must put the things going on around us into the proper perspective.  We must take notice of our surroundings and circumstances and ask ourselves the following questions:

What is amazing around me?

What may I be missing out on here?

What is so unexplainable in  my life that it simply cannot come from human origin?

It is an improper attitude that causes the extraordinary to become ordinary.  It is a limited perspective that turns the amazing into the mundane.  It is even the simple reality of repetition that can turn our red beating hearts into gray, motionless stone.

Let’s look at this from a simple equation point of view to gain some perspective on this.

Extraordinary thing x frequency = perceived ordinary thing.

Frequency acts as a diluting factor in this equation.  As the frequency increases, the more ordinary the extraordinary thing becomes.  Obviously, we have very little control over the frequency.  It just happens sometimes even when we don’t want it to happen.  We also can’t control the extraordinary thing that is occurring.

Since we can’t control the extraordinary thing or the frequency, we need to look at something else that we can add to the equation.  I would like to propose the following two alternative equations:

Extraordinary thing x frequency x REFLECTION = Extraordinary thing.

In this equation we see that if we take the time to reflect on the extraordinary thing and recognize that it truly is an extraordinary thing, we can prevent the diluting factor of frequency.  We can keep the extraordinary thing extraordinary by reflecting regularly on the fact that it is extraordinary.

Extraordinary thing x frequency x PERSPECTIVE = Extraordinary thing

In this equation we see that if we take the time to put the extraordinary thing into the proper perspective, we can view the thing as extraordinary and not ordinary.  By keeping things in the proper perspective, we can prevent the diluting factory of frequency.  By doing this, the extraordinary thing stays extraordinary.

A sad reality is that if we don’t learn to embrace the extraordinary things in our lives today, there will be no extraordinary things in our lives tomorrow.  Either it will be there and we’ll miss it or it won’t be there because we never learned to embrace it the first time.

Life is going to happen to us whether we want it to or not.  There will be good things that happen to us and bad things.  Things that will make us smile and things that will make us cry.  There will be ordinary things that happen to us, but there will also be extraordinary things.  When these extraordinary things come along, we need to keep them extraordinary.  We need to embrace them.  We need to ask for more of them.  Whatever you do, don’t miss them.

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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