This week I am being given a gift. I’m spending most of this week at a hotel close to my office. I have a big work event coming up and a lot of things to get done. With the 50 mile distance from my home to my office and the increased hours this week, my boss graciously offered to put me up in a hotel so I will not have to drive 500 miles this week. This is wonderful, but the added benefit is that after work is over I have some peace and quiet.
For the last two nights I never even turned on the TV. Instead I did Yoga and read a book. It was spectacular.
Definition: sacred (adjective) sei krid 1. Devoted to deity; dedicated to a deity or religious purpose. 2. Of religion; relating to or used in religious worship. 3. Worthy of worship; worthy of or regarded with religious veneration, worship and respect. 4. Dedicated to somebody; dedicated to or in honor of somebody. 5. Inviolable; not to be challenged or disrespected.
Our local pastor emeritus likes to use the phrase “every day sacred”. I like the fact that he doesn’t say “every day IS sacred”, but leaves out that third person verb. It subtly changes the meaning and moves it away from us as individuals and makes it more about what goes on around us. We might not feel like the entire day is sacred, but we can find something worthy of worship in every day.
Each day we have a routine. We get up, brush our teeth, make some coffee, take a shower, get kids ready for school and a variety of other things custom made to our individual circumstances. Those things we do on a day to day basis are in fact, sacred. The commonplace is worth our respect and honor. Recognizing the routine as sacred is not just being grateful for them, but moving to a point of seeing those things as precious gems can change our perspective on not just the present, but gives us perspective on how those things have shaped our past. I only need to wrap my hands around that warm cup of coffee to remind myself that “life is good!”. It’s a reminder that I live in total abundance and the fact that I made that coffee with running water, electricity and in a heated home makes me one of the more comfortable and pampered members of this planet.
There are things I am not doing this week because of the change in routine. I am not seeing my children off to school or picking them up from practice. I miss that a lot. I even miss feeding the dog and have discovered a new appreciation for my shower head at home. While the distance of 50 miles gives me enough of a break that I can appreciate some solitude, it also helps me appreciate how great I have it at home. My observation of every day sacred is heightened.
I will be happy to be back in my own bed and slipping back into the same old routine by the end of the week and with renewed appreciation for what once seemed humdrum.