Celebrating the Ordinary: Summing Up

Well we did it! Seven days celebrating the ordinary. You really surpassed all my expectations with your contributions. Quite quickly this exercise took on an element of the spiritual. I feel it made us all more present in our lives, more connected to the moment. And it was wonderful to get a sense of how interconnected we are.  Though separated by many miles in the far flung corners of this globe, we truly are one in spirit.

Here is just a small sample of some of the quotes from your blogs that touched me during this past week.

I have been struck by the enormity and complexity of celebrating the ordinary. Already, I have had insights both visual and descriptive, into the lives of friends on the blogosphere. The images are striking and the words underneath them tell so much ~ Feisty Blue Gecko

A fragrant potpourri of treasured memories ~ Mourning Has Broken

Today, my ordinary celebration is to recognize that my life has taken on a new meaning.. ~ Chemobrain

what today reminded us about, is that you can find all sorts of lovely (and ordinary) places just by deciding to do it. And I’ll take ‘ordinary’ any day of the week ~ Being Sarah

It is truly amazing how we zigged and zagged around the globe to blog in such a beautifully synchronistic way. The “sync” factor is very strong! I think we may need to rename Marie’s Challenge “The ‘S’ Factor” ~ The Big C and Me

Twilight gently nudges in the darkness ~ Nancy’s Point

Not only has it been amazing to see how much we are all on the same page…that we can draw a line from one post to the next (I had a tree pic today!), but that it unites us in so many ways, transcending the reasons we came into the bonds that keep us here ~ Regrounding

During the summer I had a medical scare, and this celebrating of the ordinary has snapped me out of the depression. I have many wonderful blessings in my life, and your challenge has reminded me of that ~ Calling The Shots

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Earth laughs in flowers,” and there’s a lot of laughter in my backyard~ The Pink Underbelly

We are forever linked not just by breast cancer, but by an unspoken bond developed by shared experiences and getting to know one another through our blogs. No BS, no waisted platitudes like so, “Where did you grow up?” or “How long have you lived here?” None of that matters because we have far deeper and more meaningful things to share and ways to support one another ~ Breast Cancer Sisterhood

Who would have thought this simple exercise could be so powerful? Even though this week has ended, I do hope you will continue this practise. I am continuing to take a picture each day to celebrate the ordinary and I would love to hear from you if you decide to carry on with it too.

Much love to you all

Marie xxx