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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The problem of being ordinary

There's a quote from America Beauty that's been running around in my head for last day or so... "I don't think that there's anything worse than being ordinary."

Most of us, if not all of us, have that fear. Watching the hundreds of thousands audition for American Idol each year points to that fact. To leave this life without leaving a legacy would be waste of a life.

The challenge is to find ways to be extraordinary doing the smallest of things. If I can figure that out, I'm sure it's a great start to being extraordinary at a grander scale...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure. If we stop and celebrate our ordinariness: that's when we realise how extraordinary each and every person is, each and every boring old ordinary day.

Pericles said: What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.

We can overlook the wonder of that extraordinary impact we have on the lives of others in the fear of being 'ordinary'. Don't you think?


2:56 PM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Hi Joanna,

Ahh, you put it so well. I think we're so busy chasing the extraordinary, too often it is around us in very small but significant ways.

And finding the extraordinary in people will bring out the same in us.

"It was right here all the time".

Thank you.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I have similar thoughts to Joanna. Actually, I always wonder if its so bad to be ordinary. In our lives, the extraordinary events are shiny and lit like milestones, but it is the every day things that really make up the bulk of our lives. It is what makes up who we are.

Often, it is ordinary hard work that eventually yields those extraordinary results.

11:42 AM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Hello Amanda,

It's like shining that little stone you have in your pocket and it gleams one day letting you know why it was special. Special lies in the eye of the beholder.

Thanks for sharing.


1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Step out of your comfort zone. Even if it's only one little bit at a time, day by day... It "will" build confidence and it will lead to extraordinary.

Too often we doubt ourselves and impose a glass ceiling on the heights we can reach. That needs to stop! It stops when you grow conscious of the fact that you "can" influence what your future will be tomorrow by starting to better yourself today...

3:41 PM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...


Those are wise words. Too often the ceiling is the one that we choose to impose on ourselves.


4:08 PM  

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