Chartreuse, purple basil and an ordinary life #100sharesproject 15/100



“Do not ask your children

to strive for extraordinary lives.

Such striving may seem admirable,

but it is the way of foolishness.

Help them instead to find the wonder

and the marvel of an ordinary life.

Show them the joy of tasting

tomatoes, apples and pears.

Show them how to cry

when pets and people die.

Show them the infinite pleasure

in the touch of a hand.

And make the ordinary come alive for them.

The extraordinary will take care of itself.”

― William Martin, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents

Tuesday 3 May 2015


Today was a deliciously ordinary day filled with the sorts of things you have to do when you run a household and a couple of businesses.

My day began in the dark like it usually does.  Early morning is a favorite.  I love the way morning smells and I like standing in the kitchen wrapped in the quiet of the house, listening to birds tune up.


This morning I unloaded dishes while coffee was dripping and then wrote pages and pages.  I painted over top of every single word with Martha Stewart Granny Smith green. It was necessary.  Some revelations do their work quickly and make a great underlayer for the next thing.

My days often consist of simple, ordinary things like emails, conversations about logistics, lists…and even putting a load of stinky workout clothes in the washer. On days when I work from home and not the studio, I feel especially productive when I can hear the dryer constantly running in the background.

On a side note, painting the deck has turned into the house project that ate Manhattan.  We got rained out this past weekend, so it’s still not finished!  I listened to this podcast of Rob Bell interviewing Krista Tippett , while I painted this evening.

I am grateful for this life I live.  I often smile when I hear talk of “changing the world” and doing BIG things.  I guess…  I know it takes all sorts.  Personally, I think the ordinary is magnificent.


Today, I’m in love with purple basil and the color chartreuse.

Garden plans sketched out on paper tablecloths over lunch and laughter.

Adult children who stop in.

and a proper cuppa made by someone who loves me.


BE in your life,



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I create containers for words and paint and I fill them. I craft safe, sacred spaces for people to wrestle, create, heal and shout from the mountain tops.
And I teach people to do all of these things for themselves.

  • I still find that I resist the ordinary magic … I still reach for something ethereal. Even though I know, i know, I know that the magic is here. Right in front of my face.

    the other day, someone on instagram posted that her mother was making her journey to the other side. It was the day for before my mothers anniversary date. I stopped and commented to her and then I went in search for candles. All of my wanting of ritual seems to be stalled for lack of supplies or lack of set up or lack of finding what I need … or so I think.

    I got a few candles that I use for making the studio ( garage) smell better and I place them in front of the window, right next to the jars of paint brushes and I lit them. I paused, I thought of my own journey of walking my mother to her death, I thought of this family. I put my hand on my heart and breathed peace and love … for them, for myself, for a friend, for my boys on a grand new adventure.

    and I remembered that it doesn’t have to be set apart … It can be right here. in the ordinary.

    • Cynthia – I read and re-read these words today. “I resist the ordinary magic…I still reach for something ethereal. Even though I know, I know, I know that the magic is here.” Yes. that. We dilute the ordinary with our ideals. More and more often I am breathing into those moments that seem wrong or too small or not fancy or magical. I’m surrendering to the present and in that very act it becomes what I was seeking. Thank you for sharing this exquisite ordinary holy moment. <3