My Elephant turned from grey and white to extra ordinary.
Not so much for any artistic skill, still have a long way to go for that to happen.
I purposely penciled in different shades of colour, just because I wanted him not to be ordinary.
I once had a flash of insight that brought me to a reality check. It was this. It is in the ordinary, the mundane and in the core of consistency that strength, even meaning and purpose lie. It is in the normal flow of everyday things – “same old same old” of chores, routines, duties, responsibilities, appointments, and the general ability of being available, that make up faithfulness and loyalty and friendship that are some of the strong foundations of life.
Ordinary is an anchor !
I had not always thought like that. I wanted to fly. I wanted to live a full life of adventure, meaning and accomplishment. I wanted to change the world – sometimes I still do. Maybe that is the way some of us have been wired. And there is nothing wrong with that !
But God in His wisdom knows best, and what is best for us. And though He allowed me to ‘fly’, when it was my season to fly, He also gave me the hindsight to know that it was for the benefit of others, and not just for my own ego trip – which in essence it was at that time ! So it has always been at the back of my mind, fly when you can fly, but land in a safe place, because Ordinary is safe !
That is all good and well. For some people that is enough – to be in the groove of routine and responsibility. It is right, and it is safe, and will accomplish a good end, an expected result. There is power in consistency !
But there are some people who are daring and want to express their personalities, their creativity, their passion, and their faith. The Ordinary shrinks these ones, and if stifled long enough will suck life out of their expressive souls, and the expected end can be described in two words – pure frustration !
Now frustration can be a teacher too. It is frustration that will pile up and cause disgruntleness – a displeasure at the status quo, and this could be the breeding ground of witty inventions and innovations – a seeking of new paths and expressions. If harnessed well frustration could be the place of new beginnings. It could be the pivotal point for a thrust forward. And that can be a good thing – yes ? – depending what you are talking to of course.
To go from Ordinary to Extraordinary will take big courage, big determination and a lot persistence, but it can be done. It just takes one step of faith today, then another and another, until you see a glimmer and then the result of what you want.
Hebrews 11:1 captures faith like this :
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
There is the Extra and there is the Ordinary – if you put them together you get the
Extraordinary – another species altogether ! Those who know their own minds, their capabilities, their strengths and their weaknesses, who set out to accomplish it for themselves, – and then go on and grow the colourfulness of others – the others being the Ordinary.
Both are equally important, the world indeed need both the Ordinary and the Extraordinary,
But the Extraordinary are just a little more colourful – like my Elephant !!