Ordinary Moments

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I’m sitting across from Brene Brown. Our legs, as she calls it, criss-cross-apple-sauce.

Me: What does it mean to you, to live a good life?

Brene: A good life happens when you stop and are grateful for the ordinary moments that so many of us just steamroll over to try to find those extraordinary moments. To me, my good life is soccer practice, and carpool line. And tuck-ins. And date night. That’s the good life for me. And knowing that it’s good. Acknowledging and stopping and saying that it’s good.

There’s a classic book by Richard Carlson called Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff.

What if instead thinking about the small stuff as something to be sweated, we found the grace in it’s existence? The seed of gratitude.

An invitation to learn. To connect. To release into ease. To allow your good life to unfold.

That’s the call. The invitation. The invocation.

How will you answer?

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23 responses

23 responses to “Ordinary Moments”

  1. Michael says:

    That’s SO awesome and SO true! Thanks for posting this beautiful reminder Jonathan.

  2. Mitchel says:


    It is so easy to get wrapped up on the destination and getting there faster. Stress builds, tensions flare, days whiz by in a blur leaving many everyday moments overlooked – the smile of a child, the laugh of a friend the wisdom of an elder.

    We only get one shot a this life – drink it in a bit slower and embrace the wonder.

    • I was once told that the ordinary moments of our life are what makes our life distinctive; it’s the way we live those moments that make our life what it is. The highlights are just pit stops along the way, and there are far fewer pit stops than there are days on the journey.

  3. Jim says:

    13 years ago I started a daily practice. Every morning while I am still in bed, I think back through every hour of the previous day, remembering the good that happened. It takes some time to do and practice to really review the day. What I learned is that my day is literally surround by good. It’s only when I focus my awareness on it do I fully appreciate it.

  4. I just blogged about this very idea yesterday…and, now that I know Brene Brown feels the same, my day is made. Ok, maybe my whole week. 🙂

  5. Patrick Gant says:

    If all we do is hold out for the things we think we want to be happy, all we do in life is wait rather than live. What we have is more than we realize.

  6. Hey Jonathan, Brene is one of my faves. That must have been pretty special meeting her and sharing some time together.

    This particular post is very meaningful as I also have 2 kids and I’m going 100% of the time.

    What a great example of humility and strength in one person. I love her work and her style. Wow. Keep up the great work, your message is also very much appreciated. Peace…Rick

  7. Adaeze Diana says:

    I had such unhappiness and unrest as a person. I always felt I needed to do “this or that” to have success and get happiness. Then I decided to live my daily life from a gratitude point of view. It wasn’t easy but I kept practicing – I started waking up smiling and saying “Good morning, God. Thank you for this beautiful day of productivity.” This simple practice has had a profound effect on my life.

    I now see every single thing in my day as something purposeful to be appreciated and enjoyed. I have more peace and joy than ever before and I have a renewed mindset of “more-than-enough” instead of “less-than-enough”.

  8. Ashley says:

    I will answer by cleaning my kitchen this morning, enjoying every minute of it and the joy a clean kitchen brings to myself and my roomates. 🙂 There’s just nothing like a clean kitchen…

  9. Giovanna says:

    Could not agree more…

  10. Lesley says:

    Thank you for sharing, it is good to be reminded! I just finished reading the book “The Secret” and it is the same kind of philosophy and the law of attraction Positive thinking leading to positive results…sometimes we just need a little “poke” like this to reboot!

  11. Deb says:

    I love living an extraordinarily ordinary life. Simple and good.

  12. Rick Lugash says:

    Great moments of a crazy hectic day are beautiful words like this.
    Thanks Jonathan for these special moments, always at the perfect time.

  13. Peter Mis says:

    We buy into the lie of our own imperfections, which sends us on a journey to find what we believe to be missing. It’s perhaps life’s greatest moment when we realize the only thing we are truly missing in life is our appreciation for it.

    The ordinary is what makes life extraordinary.

    Love that Brene Brown!

  14. Suzie says:

    My father died in February. He was 94 and had Alzheimer’s. Last year around this time he was still living at home. I would go over once a week or so to help by making dinner and eat with him, then later I would help him get ready for bed. He had lost most of his vision but was still able to dress himself and do his personal needs. We just needed to guide him and keep an eye out in case he had difficulty. I would stand in the hallway while he was in the bathroom. It sometimes took him 20 or more minutes and I would let him take as much time as he wanted. As I stood out there I would think to myself that he would be gone someday and I would remember these times. I was right. As I read this just now I was reminded of those ordinary moments and I will treasure them. I especially treasure kissing him goodnight and telling him I loved him.

  15. Scott Asai says:

    My wife would label this “enjoying the moment” or “being present.” One thing I tend to forget. Being a planner I’m usually thinking ahead, but sometimes I catch myself and try to immerse myself in the moment. Carpe diem.

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  17. Mike Corona says:

    There are no ordinary moments, for all moments in this current existence are special, and extraordinary. Some see the mundane tasks of driving to work as ordinary, or boring, but in fact- it’s a special moment, as is all time.

  18. A grate reminder of such a simple truth. Thanks for sharing it Jonathan. It was once told to me by my mentor, If you can’t enjoy the now, you wont enjoy the future your dreaming to enjoy. A better example was the movie “About Time” A must see. Thanks.

  19. I used to get really bothered by other people’s behavior. Wasted hours on it. Then I read Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and it changed my life. Once I stopped focusing outward, I could observe, and delight in the small things I notice everyday.

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