Fear of the Ordinary

I’ve always resisted being “ordinary” – whatever that means. I’ve felt I had to stand out and be noticed, but not too far out. Too far out and one becomes a target, not a light.

But in the struggle to find that perfect balance, to stay on the edge of special, to be a little different, a little better, and little more, much can be lost.

The breath of relaxation, of lack of self-consciousness. The simple pleasure of being in the moment, for the moment’s own sake, not for appearance, or judgment, or loss or gain. The simple ordinariness of being is the extraordinariness of it as well.



The lovely tarot card from the Osho Zen deck, Ordinariness, embodies this duality so perfectly. See the commentary below, gaze into the landscape and allow the moment by moment experience of the every day give you grace.

Let the light burst forth from your soul not from its stretched out limits, but from its whole center, unfettered, unstrained, unstudied. Stand on the bridge of self and watch as you move beneath in natural and joyful action.

Have an ordinary, extraordinary day.

Sometimes it happens that you become one, in some rare moment. Watch the ocean, the tremendous wildness of it–and suddenly you forget your split, your schizophrenia; you relax. Or, moving in the Himalayas, seeing the virgin snow on the Himalayan peaks, suddenly a coolness surrounds you and you need not be false because there is no other human being to be false to. You fall together. Or, listening to beautiful music, you fall together. Whenever, in whatsoever situation, you become one, a peace, a happiness, a bliss, surrounds you, arises in you. You feel fulfilled. There is no need to wait for these moments–these moments can become your natural life. These extraordinary moments can become ordinary moments – that is the whole effort of Zen. You can live an extraordinary life in a very ordinary life: cutting wood, chopping wood, carrying water from the well, you can be tremendously at ease with yourself. Cleaning the floor, cooking food, washing the clothes, you can be perfectly at ease–because the whole question is of you doing your action totally, enjoying, delighting in it.

 Osho Dang Dang Doko Dang Chapter 3

Commentary:This figure walking in nature shows us that beauty can be found in the simple, ordinary things of life. We so easily take this beautiful world we live in for granted. Cleaning the house, tending the garden, cooking a meal–the most mundane tasks take on a sacred quality when they are performed with your total involvement, with love, and for their own sake, without thought of recognition or reward. You are facing a time now when this easy, natural and utterly ordinary approach to the situations you encounter will bring far better results than any attempt on your part to be brilliant, clever, or otherwise extra-ordinary. Forget all about making headlines by inventing the latest widget, or dazzling your friends and colleagues with your unique star quality. The special gift you have to offer now is presented best by just taking things easily and simply, one step at a time.


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