Musings, ponderings and various observations on the intersection of BJJ/Martial arts training and the living of life. I have no inclination toward either political correctness or correct spelling. This blog, such as it is, remains fundamentally an unfiltered gush of thought ... both raw and unpolished.
Extraordinary in the Ordinary
Throughout much of my life, I have talked up the concept of ‘excellence’; I have spoken about the benefits of leaving ‘mediocrity’ in our wake; I have bemoaned the widespread philosophy of ‘good enough to get by’ … but in doing so I have on occasion been misunderstood. So allow me to clear something up …
If we learn to look and learn to see, we can find the extraordinary in the ordinary. It is possible to find the extraordinary beauty in the day-to-day aspects of our lives; we don’t need to climb Everest to bathe in the amazing. Extraordinary acts can be simple things, small things that might even go unnoticed by most. Offering a coffee to the mailman-woman - a small extra-ordinary act that might turn their day around; going for a walk with someone and offering advice with no thought of recompense; being mindful whilst undertaking an activity that we usually pay little or no attention to; fasting for a day or two and then really tasting a meal that we carefully prepare for ourselves; etc.
You don’t have to be wealthy to experience the extraordinary; you don’t have to climb a mountain to experience the extraordinary; you don’t have to win a gold medal, buy a new house, or deadlift 300kgs … the extraordinary can be hidden from ordinary view, but it can surround us at every turn … secreted behind the thin veneer of ordinary, day-to-day life. Lift the curtain today. Be extraordinary.