The wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life

Make the Ordinary Come Alive

Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.

– William Martin

(thank you to my friend Katie for introducing me to this beautiful passage!)


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7 Comments

  1. Posted March 7, 2014 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    I love the simple line “make the ordinary come alive”

  2. Posted March 7, 2014 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Wow, I love this and so agree.

  3. Amy
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    I just love this.

  4. Posted March 7, 2014 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    I’m crying into my tea. This is just perfect. xo

  5. Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Oh, my. Love, just love.

  6. Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I knew when i saw it coming from you that I’d love it. Now to live it. xx

  7. Isabelle
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    LOVE this! So glad that you shared this.