Sunday, July 24, 2011

Finding Beauty in the Rhythm of Routines

Checking in.
Photographing everyday routines and rituals was my goal for this week's Slice of Life Project.  Unfortunately, I found it difficult to make these parts of my life look beautiful through the lens of the camera.  As a matter of fact, I think I had the same struggle last time I took the class . . . making me realize I really need to work at capturing the aesthetic that can be found in something as ordinary as going to the grocery store.  That's not to say that I don't appreciate the everyday-ness of life; I believe there is indeed beauty to be found in the rhythm of life and it's our routines that create that rhythm.  What has struck me as I've reflected throughout the week is how much I take these routines for granted.  I find so much happiness retelling Beansprout his adventures of the day just before bedtime or catching up with Dad for Sunday evening phone calls.  I feel filled up by somewhat regular get-togethers with friends and listening to music in the car.  I'm also amazed to realize how similar many of our lives are when we think about the daily/weekly grind everyone experiences!  We all have to cook dinner, fold the laundry, do the dishes, and pay the bills no matter where we live.  Somehow I'm comforted knowing that.  And, I'm thrilled that this course is helping me take pause and remember how good life is.  (Even if I can't seem to use the camera to illustrate my appreciation :P)

What are your routines and rituals?  Any you would be lost without?  Any you wish could be banished forever?


  1. I loathe certain routines...laundry and grocery shopping (with three kids) top my list. However, I *try* to remind myself, as I do laundry while standing on piles that still need to be washed, that I am blessed to have this much laundry to do. I remind myself that I am blessed to have money to buy food for my family. I need to remember this more often--and count the other blessing in my life more regularly.

  2. So true, Jodi! It's easy to forget when you get caught up in the to-do list that these things really are a blessing!