Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hello there, friend,

I often, as I go about my day, think of the Annie Dillard quote, How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. This thought often comes as I'm knee-deep in the mundane: folding laundry, doing dishes, correcting my children. This is part of how I am spending my life. And that's okay. So much of it is ordinary, daily, necessary. If we lose our connection to that, we lose it all.

The ordinary is like meditation; it's like prayer. We say the same things and do the same things over and over again. Yet each time we utter the prayer, each time we do the mundane task, it pulls us in a bit deeper if we let it. Like Kathleen Norris, who wrote that doing this dishes and baking bread were two of her favorite things because to her they are spiritual events. They are a chance to connect with those we serve and with ourselves. They are the beautiful, ordinary stuff of life.