"Repetition is the daily bread that satisfies with benediction" Soren Kierkegaard.
I first read that quote in the book, Keeping House. Also, from the author, Margaret Kim Peterson, are a couple more quotes that I found to to be both profound and encouraging.
"As we engage with the litany of everyday life, we engage with life itself, with our fellow human beings, with the world in which God has set us all, and thus, with God himself".
"We all need the patterns of our lives to echo and emulate the patterns of the larger story that we, as Christians, believe is the true story of the world. Daily involvement in housekeeping, the litany of everyday life, is one way of participating in and living out that story".
I treasure the kind of days that are outside the everyday pattern of my life. The vacation time that I'm just returning from, where I enjoyed the companionship my husband and kids at home, was lovely. But now that life has returned to normal, I'm also relishing the return of the familiar litany of my everyday life.
I have started something that I'm loving, the 365 Project at 2012 Develop. It's simple. I just take a picture every day for the next year. I have started looking more closely at my everyday routines, looking for beauty, as I look for something to photograph. That's what the picture of Donkey is about. I took this picture right after breakfast today, a busy time at my house. I was cleaning up the kitchen and was about to swoop Donkey up and take him back to my son's bedroom. Ever since Trent could walk to the breakfast table on his own, Donkey has been accompanying him...about seven years now. I'm protective of Donkey. We've had some scares,where we've thought Donkey was lost forever. If you were to add up all the time I've spent looking for a lost donkey over the years, I'd guess that it would now equal a couple of days! So returning Donkey to the safety of my boy's room is a part of my everyday litany. I paused today, before doing so, and took a picture. I saw the beauty there in that everyday moment. And I was grateful.