Written by Frank Cotolo
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Monday, 2 May 2005

In the smallest moments come the biggest opportunities. And knowing you, there are many small moments still ahead.

In the most ordinary events and endeavors come the most extraordinary possibilities for joy. You missed them, right?

In the quiet, ordinary, boring, mundane days that fill your life, while you are doing routine things, real and lasting substances of life grow around you.

Are you sleep walking, or what? Look around on a perfectly ordinary day; look with your heart and you'll see enough abundance to last a thousand lifetimes. But who's counting?

Things all over, everywhere, that are substantial and full and dripping over the edges with substance. Look over there and over there. See them? You can still empty the garbage and be aware.

For in truth, no moment is really ordinary.

All right, clipping your toenails is an exception. But really, every moment is filled with endless possibility.

Stop for a moment and listen. What do you hear? A dog barking? A tree branch dancing in the wind? An abused wife screaming from an apartment nearby?

It’s like Plato said, though no one actually heard him, “Once you become aware, everything is there.”

The quiet, simple moments are when you realize how truly extraordinary it is to be alive. It really is natural. Try being dead. Can’t do it, right?

So, the unassuming days of your life are the days when you can most fully express the substance and goodness of who you are, unless you are a serial killer. Then I would try harder being dead.

Treasure those routine days and value those dull moments. Also, the more fully you put yourself into the ordinary moments, the more likely you will get laid.

If you seek life's treasures only in the extraordinary,
spectacular times, you may be waiting for something that won’t happen because, let’s face it, spectacular is not exactly how people describe your life.

Don’t miss most of the best possibilities that could be yours. Open up to the value of the small, simple moments and that value will richly fill you. If that fails, I don’t know what to tell you.

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