If January 1st is the heralded queen of the year and honored guest at every party, then January 2nd is the poor second (third or fourth) cousin who sits on the sidelines, having barely eked out an invite. Everything is fresh and new on January 1st. But what about January 2nd?
Today, January 2nd, is just a day. Some people are still waking from the party daze, others are saying, “OK, today I really do get started on my resolutions.” Many are just doing the laundry and figuring out that tomorrow is Monday.
I want to love January 2nd. I want it to be special the way January 1st was. After all, this date is as unique as any other (though not as elegant as the magnificent 1/1/11, a date glorious for its numerical balance). But try as we might, we cannot see January 2nd as special.
Perhaps its beauty must come from something else. Perhaps the joy of January 2nd must be its normalcy, its mundane characteristics. After a month of sparkle and celebration, of anticipation and countdowns, of special greetings and endless holiday cheer, maybe we should be glad for the ordinary.
It is, in fact, my ordinary life that I am most fond of. Writing time, a trip to the gym (my essential routines)…a quiet patch of reading…the rhythms of kitchen activities (cleaning lettuce with my wonderful salad spinner)…the silence that falls on the house when I am the only one here. These are moments that help me find my self and restore my spirit to a place of calm.
As I write these words, I become full of gratitude that we are past the ebullience of the holidays. I welcome the beautiful quiet space that is surrounding me and recognize it as the heart of the ordinary. Flash and glitz may be fun in short bursts, but the balance and serenity of an ordinary day sustain me. I nod my head to January 2nd: it doesn’t need glitter to know how important it is.
Questions for Reflection: What do you notice as we transition away from the holiday to regular life? What are the rhythms and routines of your ordinary life? What do you appreciate most about ordinary life?
Writing Prompts: “Today I am aware of ______” (then keep writing); “The holiday season now seems ______” (then keep writing); “What I want from today is ______” (then keep writing); “The important things in my ordinary daily life are ______” (then keep writing).
Want to reflect more on an ordinary day? Read one of my early posts, An Ordinary Morning.
Or if silence appeals to you: Beautiful Silence.