Living in ordinary time.

March 5, 2017 § 4 Comments

img_7303_edited-1“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons”

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

T.S. Eliot


“Ordinary time” is a liturgical term for the seasons between the church’s designated periods of penitence or rejoicing.

Ordinary time: when the faithful practice their faith with no added fervor, self-scrutiny, or elevated purpose.

In borrowing the term I take it out of its religious context and apply it to life—and by that I mean, not Life, but life in the lower case. Lower case life is where we spend most of our time.

Extraordinary time, that is Life, is when we make those bursts of flight that give loft to every life: falling in love, having a child, earning a degree, receiving an award, bowling 300.

Ordinary time does not leave a trail of shiny objects we have to dust, letters appended to our names, a credit scrolling on a wide screen.

Those are cairns that sit solemn in the grass while the world goes about its ordinary business.

Ordinary time passes without fanfare. It minds its own business.

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