celebrate ordinary life

An ordinary life doesn’t equate to a meaningless life. And an extraordinary life doesn’t equate to a successful life, even though we’ve been taught that it does.

An accomplished life in the United States is associated with having a lot of money, fame and power. Used in the right way, they could be, but they aren’t necessary in order to leave a mark on the world. 

The external validation, achievement, power and status that we’re lured into never leads to joy.

Our acute need to be or feel exceptional or special only intensifies the need to compare, compete and impress others. It only causes us to feel rushed, ashamed and isolated.

Magic happens when we are present and aware of what we have: a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, an early morning walk, a cool breeze on a hot summer day. 

Extraordinary relationships don’t come from physical beauty, exotic trips, big houses, fancy clothes and cars. I’m not against these things; I just don’t like being fooled by them.

Ordinary relationships are transformed to extraordinary through simple acts of kindness, compassion and love. They are mined through the fire of hard work, tragedy, and disappointment.

I’m on a mission to celebrate my ordinary and magical life. It’s easy to do when I pay attention and take in the wonder and joy that I find in simple things, everyday activities and experiences.

The significant and unusual events, the highest achievements and biggest accolades all eventually seem familiar and ordinary after a little time has passed.  But beauty and magic lie in the ordinary moments that fill the space in-between. We only need to be present to discover, savor and take them in.

These are not trivial or mundane moments. These are moments that define your life! Your actions reveal your character and values. These are the times that shape who you are and the legacy you leave behind.

7 Steps to Make Your Life Meaningful and Worthy of Celebration

1. Love who you are and where you are. Appreciate the person you have become and your life exactly as it is in the moment.

2. Treat the taxi cab driver, the barista and the bathroom attendant as sacred people. Make these interactions meaningful. Show them interest, make eye contact, small talk and add a smile.

3. Make others feel special. Help low-paid workers feel visible. Give a larger than normal tip. Make them feel that life is on their side. Help them believe the world is a generous place.

4. Choose to see everything with amazement and wonder: a new blade of grass, the shape of a cloud on a sunny day, the wrinkled hands of a grandparent and aroma of dinner cooking on the stove.

5. Notice and appreciate the most ordinary things: running water, sand between your toes, the color of your eyes, the coziness and comfort of your bed.

6. Slow down. Turn off your electronics. Reflect, pause and breathe deeply. Be still. Pray. Meditate. Love.

7. Don’t miss an opportunity to be of service. Be a giver. Come from your heart.  Help heal the world. Make it a better place. 

I have found that when I celebrate the ordinary, my life feels extraordinary. Happiness doesn’t elude me and all is well with my world.

What makes your ordinary life extraordinary? Please help me share on Google +, Facebook and Twitter! I so appreciate it!

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I have rounded up some of the best inspirational Hugh MacLeod quotes for you to enjoy and be inspired by.

Hugh is a cartoonist, creative entrepreneur and a published author who has built his business based on cartoons drawn on the back of business cards. His mission is to affect change in business and business culture, using his distinct style of drawing. 

Hugh's cartoons provoke, make people think and make people feel motivated and happy! 

Read on and be motivated by this collection of Hugh MacLeod Quotes.

Inspirational Hugh McLeod Quotes

Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the 'creative bug' is just a wee voice telling you, 'I'd like my crayons back, please. ~ Hugh Macleod

Fail cheap. Fail quick. Fail often. Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Exactly. ~ Hugh Macleod

The only people who can change the world are people who want to. And not everybody does. ~ Hugh Macleod

Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside. ~ Hugh Mcleod

The bars of West Hollywood and New York are awash with people throwing their lives away in the desperate hope of finding a shortcut, any shortcut. And a lot of them aren’t even young anymore; their B-plans having been washed away by Vodka & Tonics years ago. Meanwhile their competition is at home, working their asses off. ~ Hugh Macleod

This is it, fight like hell. ~ Hugh Macleod

It’s about what YOU are going to do with the short time you have left on this earth. ~ Hugh Mcleod

Put your whole self into it, and you will find your true voice. Hold back and you won’t. It’s that simple. ~ Hugh Macleod

Believe in the future by creating it first. ~ Hugh Macleod

The best way to get approval is not need it. ~ Hugh Macleod

Admit that your own private Mount Everest exists. That is half the battle. ~ Hugh Macleod

Your idea doesn't have to be big. It just has to be yours alone. The more the idea is yours alone, the more freedom you have to do something really amazing. The more amazing, the more people will click with your idea. The more people click with your idea, the more it will change the world. ~ Hugh Macleod

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Find something you love to do and then excel at it. ~ Hugh Macleod

Live on the edges or not at all. ~ Hugh Macleod

You have to find your own shtick. A Picasso always looks like Picasso painted it. Hemingway always sounds like Hemingway. A Beethoven symphony always sounds like a Beethoven symphony. Part of being a master is learning how to sing in nobody else's voice but your own. ~ Hugh Macleod

I work extremely hard doing what I love, mainly to ensure that I don't have to work extremely hard doing what I hate. ~ Hugh Macleod

You don’t need permission, you need to act. ~ Hugh Macleod

Intoxicated by possibility. ~ Hugh Macleod

If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you. ~ Hugh Macleod

The hunger will give you everything and it will take from you, everything. It will cost you your life, and there isn't a damn thing you can do about it. But knowing this, of course, is what ultimately sets you free. ~ Hugh Macleod

Make something that matters. ~ Hugh Macleod

That’s why we’re here, to make a dent in the universe. ~ Hugh Macleod

All big ideas started out as word of mouth. ~ Hugh Macleod

God gave us the inner fire without which we’d be nothing. ~ Hugh Macleod

If you have nothing to say. You should blog about it. ~ Hugh Macleod

This is it. There is no tomorrow. Decide now. Then do it. ~ Hugh Macleod

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Create more firsts

If you want to be brave, do more firsts! Do you remember passing driver’s training and driving a car all on your own for the first time? I’ll bet you remember your first job and how nervous yet excited you were to begin.

What about your first date? I can remember what Hubs wore, his cologne and his breathtaking physical beauty!

I remember my heart pounding loudly and my palms sweating profusely, thinking, “Does he like me, does he really like me?”

When you are young, your desire for freedom is so strong that your excitement and readiness for freedom trumps your fear. 

You are always on the go, spreading your wings, testing the waters and daring yourself and others to risk sometimes crazy things.

Your life is filled to the brim with laughter and the joy of experiencing several things for the first time. 

At some point in life we fall into ruts and routines and settle for less than what we desire and deserve. 

We settle into relationships, jobs, homes and comfort zonesTime passes and we forget how brave we really are. 

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And the inner critic cries, “I don’t know how. I might make a mistake. I might fail! I’m too scared, too old…” and the list goes on.

We forget that life is a banquet and we can try brand-new things anytime we wish. 

We forget that life doesn’t run out of firsts and we can continue to live boldly until the day we die. 

There will always be an untried language, culture or country to ascertain. 

There will always be awesome people to discover, new friends to make and more fun to be had.

There will always be an unfamiliar mountain to climb and a novel river to paddle. 

There will always be art to create and new studios to open.

There will always be unwritten songs and unread best-sellers.

There will always be unvisited museums and red-hot Broadway plays.

There will always be an opportunity to be involved in the latest methods, techniques and concepts of our times.

Life doesn’t run out of firsts. That’s what makes life so breathtakingly beautiful and amazingly extraordinary.

The solution to fear and a life unlived is to try new things. Get re-energized. Do new firsts.

Challenge yourself.

Create new experiences that leave your toes tingling, your adrenaline pumping and cells screaming “yes!”

Do what it takes to cause you to taunt your fear, believe in your strength and follow your dream.

Risk embarrassment and failure. Push yourself.

At least discover what you can and cannot do.

The more you try, the more courageous you become. You grow, gain freedom and feel more freakin’ alive.

New firsts.  Invent them. Embrace them. Run with them. Nothing will ever be the same.

Commit to a lifetime of firsts. Revel in the moments and savor the memories that will inspire you to try even greater heights.

Big joyous mind-blowing moments and memories. 

There’s no limit on firsts. You’ll never run out.  Choose one and begin today!

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

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