#AshleyCourt Chapter 1 out now! (Link in bio) 🔲 Drama and sensuality. We’re drawn to what is extraordinary- enchanted by the imagination. But fantasy runs rancid when we fail to see beauty in what is ordinary. Take my life, for instance. My story isn’t exciting, scarred by adversity, and I’ve no heartbreaking testimony that leads felons to repentance: but there is meaning beneath the mundane. We often conceal our hearts in fear of falling short of the expectation to excel, astound, and amaze. Because of this, we fake it: we strive to be remembered not by our character, but by what is signature; we become a fantasy rendition of ourselves to evoke recognition. We emphasize what appeals instead of what is true. We become brands. Just brands.
Perhaps it’s easier that way. Especially since discipline and maturity is required to see past the ordinary. Consider art. Isn’t part of it the purposeful attribution of meaning to- and with- ordinary things? Isn’t dance a progression of motions? Poetry a sequence of letters? Paintings a collage of color? Aren’t humans just dirt breathed on by God? Maybe Jesus didn’t reveal miracles to certain people because developing the ability to recognize Truth, meaning, and beauty in the ordinary is far more valuable a disposition than being entertained by the parting of the heavens. Isn’t faith partly the ability to recognize the divine within Earthly normalcy?
We could miss what is eternal when we don’t recognize its reality in the mundane.
So here’s my mundane story. A story of a second-generation non-Tagalog speaking Filipino-American. A White community in the suburbs. A bachelor’s degree in nursing. Hip-hop, art, video games, family, friends, life, and death. What good could come from this? I don’t know. But someone, somewhere will find something timeless. For the rest of us, let us train our eyes and minds to see beauty in the ordinary; to treat what is normal as sacred. Above all, there is freedom when we discover that all things- even the most painful things, the seemingly hopeless things, and especially the mundane things - are laden with divine purpose. If this is true, then everything is extraordinary.