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Quote of the Day: Shauna Niequist

February 9th, 2017

“I choose to believe that there is nothing more sacred or profound than this day. I choose to believe that there may be a thousand big moments embedded in this day, waiting to be discovered like tiny shards of gold. The big moments are the daily, tiny moments of courage and forgiveness and hope that we grab on to and extend to one another. That’s the drama of life, swirling all around us, and generally I don’t even see it, because I’m too busy waiting to become whatever it is I think I am about to become. The big moments are every hour, every conversation, every meal, every meeting.”

-Shauna Niequiest in Cold Tangerines

I’ve been thinking about this over the past few years, settling in to notice the beauty in every day moments. Washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, fixing dinner, weeding the garden…

So often we assume that the good moments can’t coincide with chores or the mundane, when in fact, these moments can be the very thing we crave. It definitely takes a deliberate mindset to cultivate this gratitude and appreciation for the mundane. For me, slowing down to wash the dishes is one of those moments. It makes me stop and appreciate the landscape outside my window, the dishes in my cupboard, the clean water from the tap, and the food on my table.

What mundane item do you find the most beauty in?

One Comment to “Quote of the Day: Shauna Niequist”
  1. PennyAshevilleNC on February 9, 2017 at 9:22 am

    That is hard to do at first. I had a volunteer, Marion Mohney. who was a joy to spend time with. She raised a large family and when we talked about chores and being tired from them, she said “I glorify my work.” Her way of finding joy in those mundane tasks was to remember who she did them for and why she was doing them. I took that to heart and usually remember to do the same ;) And the reward of things cleaned up and neatly ready to go again is nice.

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