Do You Take Pleasure in the Ordinary?

One of the things that I’ve been thinking about lately is the quest that many of us have for novelty. We want new experiences and new things. However, while this can be a lot of fun, it can also be wearing. In fact, it’s just as possible to become bored with the extraordinary as it is with the ordinary.

What I find, as I consider my overall life satisfaction, is that focusing on enjoying the ordinary can help me enjoy life more now, and also savor my more extraordinary experiences more when I have them. Being able to take pleasure in the ordinary is a big part of being content with life.

Gratitude and Everyday Life

If you really want to learn to take pleasure in the ordinary things, it’s all about the gratitude. Look for the things you love most about your everyday life. One of the things I started doing was paying attention to how much I enjoy playing the piano. Making time for this each day, and enjoying it in an almost-meditative manner, really helped me focus on what I like about my everyday life.

Additionally, I started noticing the interesting talks I’m starting to have with my son. He’s 11, and just starting to explore more complex issues and learn more about his own identity, and who he wants to be. These interesting, everyday and ordinary conversations are enjoyable. I’m grateful that I have a “job” that allows me to have these moments with my son, and get to know him — and even help him develop the qualities and traits that he’ll have later on in life.

Recognizing these ordinary moments, and being grateful for them, can help you realize that you do have a good life, even if you aren’t always doing something new or exciting or what society thinks of as “cool.”

Instead, you learn to be content with your life, and that, in turn can help you adapt to a minimalist lifestyle with ease. Contentment doesn’t need a bunch of stuff, or a life cluttered with “busy-ness”. Pleasure and gratitude for the ordinary, “little” things can help you learn to stop moving so much, and just take life as it comes.

Enjoying the Extraordinary

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy experiences that are extraordinary. In fact, if you learn to enjoy the ordinary things in life, when something out of the ordinary does happen, you are likely to enjoy it more. I’m looking forward to an upcoming trip to San Diego precisely because it will be a lot of fun to break out of the schedule a little bit. My son and I haven’t been on a trip like this for a year (since the last spring break) and we are looking forward to it.

However, I find that when there are stretches of time when I’m traveling a lot, I don’t enjoy it as much. I like to be able to take a break and come home to the ordinary things that I enjoy about my life. Finding that balance is important if you don’t want to overextend yourself.

What do you think? Do you take pleasure in the ordinary?

About the Author

Miranda is a freelance writer and professional blogger. See more of her writing at MirandaMarquit.com. Her book, Confessions of a Professional Blogger is available from Amazon.