MayBE 2023: Day eleven.

(Sorry for the late “Day 10” post. I thought I published it yesterday but turns out the internet had cut out before I left home and it was left in drafts. Jungle life)

We live between the act of awakening and the act of surrender. Each morning we awaken to the light and the invitation to a new day in the world of time; each night we surrender to the dark to be taken to play in the world of dreams where time is no more. At birth we were awakened and emerged to become visible in the world. At death we will surrender again to the dark to become invisible. Awakening and surrender: they frame each day and each life; between them the journey where anything can happen, the beauty and the frailty. – John O’Donohue, Embracing the Beauty

A love for the ordinary – wake in the morning and surrender to sleep. So ordinary. It’s the in-between where we find “the beauty and the frailty.”

This was the beginning of my 2019 post for Day 11.

Then I proceeded to answer the question:

What does an ordinary day look like for you?

It’s interesting to look back four years ago to see that my ordinary days looked like (the items in bold are the ones that would apply to today):

  • Wake up without alarm clock
  • Coffee (Chris and I have had our morning coffee together for the last 13 years before the children wake up)…(This streak is broken this year.)
  • Greet the animals
  • Slow mornings at home where everyone has a chance to write, read, draw, plan, work on independent projects (still slow but mostly for my self-care and my kids sleep in now)
  • Ice cream at their favourite place
  • Breakfast/Dinner together (But with whomever happens to be living at home at the time)
  • Outside most of the day until bedtime (easy to do because our living room is outdoors)
  • Hang out before bedtime to talk about the day (But with whomever happens to be living at home at the time)
  • Car rides with good beats and dancing (most times this is by myself now)
  • Between 10:00am-600pm anything goes: home, beach, Morpho, friends’ houses, cafes, classes, workshops, meetings, and this may all depend on weather


  • What does an ordinary day look like for you? Draw a visual graph or pie chart of this day?
  • What are you accustomed to? What has been customary?
  • Define ordinary versus extraordinary.
  • Copy the quote above.






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