Welcome to a wonderful Wednesday! This new series, Celebrate the Normal, is inspiring some amazing work and moving me to see more sharply the beauty around me every day. I feel so honored to share with you these images of everyday ordinary from professional photographers, great artists, talented bloggers, and full-on life enthusiasts. In week two, we have nearly 50 photo submissions, a blog post, and a Twitter post to boot.
Here's what I've been thinking about:
We all hold within our grasp, within our days, a whole host of normals, no?
Just two weeks ago, I was correcting my 8-year old on her use of the word normal. One of M's favorite new terms is "weird" - e v e r y thing is weird. I finally asked her to find a substitute for weird, weird, weird. Her solution: not normal. I challenged that one, too.
"Your normal," I said, "is very different from someone else's, even someone like your sister who lives very close to you. Imagine how different normal is to someone who lives in Africa or Antarctica." I was on my mom soapbox and on a roll.
What I've discovered this week is that my normal and your normal just might overlap quite a bit (even though I hop on my soapbox, I might not *ahem* always be right).
And your bringing to light the beauty around you allows me and even subconsciously urges me to open my eyes wider.
And to live a bit more completely.
sunrise. snowflakes. lots of puppy breaks ~ by Brittani of BrittaniRenee
Sweetest little birdhouse. ~ from Brooke of Grace and Light
Freshly painted front door ~ from Louise of Laid Off Mom
Haircut ~ from Jill of Every Day is an Occasion
~ from Colleen
Quiet afternoon ~ by Julia of Life on Churchill
Breakfast: waffle with almond butter and raspberry jam. It's gonna be a good day.
It is gonna be a good day. And we have the power to make it so even when our normal is less than awesome, filled with crying kids, covered with illness, or disappointing to our expectations.
Let's push each other up.
Please join in the celebration!! Add your images via Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #celebratethenormal by next Monday midnight. If you're up for it, focus around this theme or take one of your own: