Making the Extraordinary Ordinary

You'll want to hear this touching story:
 
Someone close to me is in a Master’s of Social Work program. She recently related a story of working with a client who is experiencing homelessness. She had a rewarding day helping him buy the first pair of new shoes he had in years. Listening to her enthusiasm, I said, “I hope you never lose this excitement for your work.”
 
My friend responded beautifully: “I hope I put so many shoes on so many feet that it becomes incredibly ordinary and unremarkable.”
 
Wow! What a response. I admire someone who dedicates her whole life to being of service and doing it so humbly. I also was struck with the idea of making extraordinary things ordinary. 
 
I've been chewing on this for a few days and thinking about how it applies to my life and my practice.
 
We talk a lot in the Zen Happiness Project about establishing a daily habit of meditating. When I lead the monthly beginners instruction I emphasized time and time again the importance of sitting every day regardless of the period of time.

We know the science of habit formation: It takes 64 days to establish a new daily habit. [1] We should strive first to sit daily and worry about sitting for longer periods later on.
 
Today, I am striving to make this very special practice something ordinary. I hope my daily practice becomes such a part of my life that it doesn't feel like a remarkable occasion.
 
May your practice go well!
 
Warmly,
Anthony A. Cernera, M.Ed.
ZenHappinessProject.com
 
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Quote of the Week: "In Buddhism there is no place for using effort. Just be ordinary and nothing special. Eat your food, move your bowels, pass water, and when you're tired go and lie down. The ignorant will laugh at me, but the wise will understand." ~ Rinzai 

Sources: [1] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ejsp.674/abstract