From Ordinary to Extraordinary … #Trust30

June 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Writing Challenge- Day 25

Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are our most potent at our most ordinary. And yet most of us discount our “ordinary” because it is, well, ordinary. Or so we believe. But my ordinary is not yours. Three things block us from putting down our clever and picking up our ordinary: false comparisons with others (I’m not as good a writer as _____), false expectations of ourselves (I should be on the NYTimes best seller list or not write at all), and false investments in a story (it’s all been written before, I shouldn’t bother). What are your false comparisons? What are your false expectations? What are your false investments in a story? List them. Each keep you from that internal knowing about which Emerson writes. Each keeps you from making your strong offer to the world. Put down your clever, and pick up your ordinary.

(Author: Patti Digh)


I read so many stories about the most “ordinary” people doing extraordinary things, on ordinary days just like today. The one thing they all had in common is that they had an idea and they were not to afraid to put themselves out their with their “crazy” idea. The funny thing is that their ideas were not so crazy after all, but I can imagine that each of them for a second or two (maybe even longer), had a few hesitations. We all go through this, but some, the ordinary-turned-EXTRAordinary people actually trusted in themselves and believed in the greater good, so much so, that they were willing to take a risk and a big one is some cases. Some of the recent stories I have read include; a young girl (I think she was about 12)  creating a rescue program for sea mammals, wonderful bloggers publishing books that change people’s lives,  and then there are the kinds of stories such as a mother uncovering some reasons that her kids, as well as many others, are developing food allergies like they never have before, watch the story first hand if you dare.

No matter what “crazy” idea you have, if you feel a strong need to make your idea a reality (a.k.a, your inner voice just will not stop reminding you), then all I have to say is that life is too short, get started today. The only requirement is that your “crazy” idea must fill a need, not imitate, and be genuine in it’s purpose. Remember that you are uniquely you and you have a purpose in this world, no one can tell you what this is, the trick is to discover it and then let others delight in it, because if you do not, no one else is going to do it quite like you.

Go out there and be yourself because what you have to offer is pretty great.   Start by un-trapping all those fabulous ideas you have in your head and get them on paper or maybe put a few in my comment box below, I really do not mind.



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