Working from home every so often has been something I’ve always quite enjoyed. The ability to plough through work uninterrupted; breaking the back of tasks that required thinking time and concentration. But right now, I’d give anything to be back in the office, in my normal routine and surrounded by my colleagues (although I have to be honest, I don’t miss the coffee/tea making!)
As I write, I can see my cat looking out of the window, clearly bemused as to the lack of activity in the street. As a house cat, a lot of his stimulation comes from watching the world go by and I can sense that he feels bored. Even he is craving the ordinary.
I guess ‘ordinary’ could be seen as a pretty uninspiring word. The Cambridge Dictionary defines it as:
not different or special or unexpected in any way; not unusual
Catherine Gray, author of ‘The Unexpected Joy of being Sober’ recently published her third book entitled ‘The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary’. Having read her debut book all about her brave recovery from alcoholism, I can’t wait to get my hands on her new release. Her perspective on life is truly a breath of fresh air and just what the doctor ordered in times like these.
The blurb reads:
If we take nothing else from these unsettling times, let it be that we all appreciate the ‘ordinary’ when life returns to ‘normal’. The joy of giving/receiving a hug, the freedom to visit parks, spending time with family and friends. We have these things (and many, many more) to look forward to again once this pandemic is under control.
For the time being, we need to make the best of our new ‘ordinary’ by keeping in touch with friends and family through phone calls, Facetime and Zoom; getting our daily exercise and seeing the arrival of Spring flowers that otherwise we might not have taken the time to appreciate; enjoying fresh, healthy food that we otherwise might not have prepared.
So who’s up for making the best of our new ‘ordinary’….I for one, am in!
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