“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. ~ C.S. Lewis
You are Special – just like every tree, blade of grass, grain of sand… We’re all special, in our own unique way. Mm Hm. If we’re all so special, then what is ordinary? Average. Regular. Unexceptional. Plain. Normal. If the bar of being special has been widened to include us all, than it reverts back to ordinary. There is something to this though…
What if there were benefits to your health and wellbeing by simply Being Ordinary? Not striving to achieve something, or showing up to be noticed. No accolades for your art or scientific breakthrough – no cheers for your amazing choice in fashion or music or _____ – no arguments for you to debate - no likes on your status update. Nothing, but people ignoring whatever it is you’re doing, because it’s nothing special. What would you get from that? Freedom. Freedom from the desire to Be Something. Freedom from the desire to Be Somebody. You already Are Somebody – and that fact alone, you just being alive, is an ordinary way of Being. Still, it is quite extraordinary to just Be, because not many people actually do it.
This is not saying ‘do nothing’ – though doing nothing is highly underrated. This is to say that whatever it is you Do, do it without the weight of expectation for a result from it. Do it for the reason that you feel like doing it, and not for what you might feel like once you do it. The continuing hoopla surrounding celebrity and fame is old – it’s not exceptional people doing exceptional things anymore - it's mediocrity at it's best. The paradox of feeling on top of the world by not trying to be on top of the world is fascinating. The paradox of creating something fabulous because you’re not attached to creating something fabulous is also fascinating.
Try it, you might like it.