The Beauty of Everyday-ness
Written by Plant With Purpose on November 23, 2011 in General
By Beth Luthye
Apparently there’s a little Facebook gratitude movement going on. I have a few friends who’ve been posting something they’re thankful for every day, with the tag “30 Days of Thanks.” I’m clearly late to the game, but I thought it would do my soul some good to squeeze in a little intentional gratefulness in honor of tomorrow’s Thanksgiving festivities.
There are many things I’m grateful for, but if I had to choose one, I would have to say I’ve become more thankful for simple, everyday moments. The big stuff in life is exciting, but it’s the everyday stuff that happens in between that defines our lives. A writer named Frederick Buechner says it like this: “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”
Lately some of those moments in my life have included reading books with my daughter (who turns 2 next week), laughing with my husband about the funny things The Toddler did during the day, and phone calls with friends and family who live far away. They have also included things like a hike in the woods, a good cup of coffee, and listening to the sound of waves at the edge of the Pacific Ocean (I should insert here how thankful I am to have called San Diego home for the past year).
I’ve been interning here for a couple of months now, and in that time I’ve come to appreciate more and more the beauty of the everyday-ness of the work that Plant With Purpose does. It’s the grace of farmers gaining the dignity of being able to provide for their families. It’s the grace of a child who now has the opportunity to go to school. It’s the grace of growth where once there was only barrenness. And it’s the grace of individuals discovering the love of their Creator.
These are key moments. These are moments that change the lives of mothers and fathers, children, and entire communities. And these are reasons to be grateful.