Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Celebrating the Ordinary -- Day 4

This week-long challenge from Marie's Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer has helped me immensely -- I now stop to appreciate so many of life's gifts, seeing the ordinary as rather extraordinary. 

I took today's pictures on my walk this morning. 

I find regular walks so soothing to the body, mind, and spirit. Because of physical limitations, I can no longer run, but I can walk. And I have found walking to be a greater gift in many respects because I can slow down to appreciate the space that is my neighborhood.

At first, I wasn't happy with moving here because it is a greater distance from my doctors than the neighborhood I used to live in. I moved out of necessity, as cheaper living was to be found here, with the added financial responsibilities of a new child. 

But now I've come to enjoy passing each house, savoring people's gardens, and the lovely trees. 

The football field pictured here shows serendipity. It's located in a pretty park, but it's not just an ordinary football field. I take it as a sign from the universe that I was meant to be in this space, place, and time. The football field, I was to eventually discover, is the home field for a high school team named the Spartans.

I cried when I first came upon the Spartans sign, for my alma mater is Michigan State University, the home of the Spartans sports teams.

Serendipity, indeed.

Home to the Spartans

Where Ari plays regularly (same park)

The neighborhood on my routine walk.


  1. Nice walk! My partner, R, who's grandfather was an English Lit. professor at Mich. State, tells stories of visiting his grandparents & going for walks in the neighborhood near campus. He was terrified of the big Spartan head (belonged to the mascot I think) sitting on a front porch. It was as big as he was.

    1. Julie, thanks. I am grateful that I am able to walk and swim, my two main ways of exercising. Yes, the big Spartan head is frightening....YIKES!

  2. Beth,
    I'm a walker too. I love how you said walking is almost better as it allows you to take in and appreciate the sights in your neighborhood more easily. Sometimes I'm frustrated by "merely" walking. I'd like to jog, but I can't for various reasons. I'm going to remember what you said on my next walk!

    1. Hi Nancy,

      Don't worry about wanting to jog. I used to be able to do it but finally have accepted that I can't. Walking is a great, soothing activity. I'm glad you are a fellow walker!

  3. Beth, I cannot tell you how humbled and moved I was by the comment you left on my blog about what this challenge meant to you..i feel just the same..and it has been incredible to me how everyone has taken this so much to their hearts. I feel as if I got a special gift this eyes to see..and a new heart to feel joy in the ordinary magic of life xxx

    1. Marie,

      Now I'm humbled and moved.

      I am so grateful you threw out this challenge. It has helped me immensely.

      Thank you!