09 Finding Joy in the Ordinary - Fr. Warner D'Souza

posted Mar 27, 2019, 10:20 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 27, 2019, 10:21 PM ]
Here is the simple truth: No one is on a 'high' 24x7, and if you are 'high' all the time, you must be snorting something! I write this with a sense of irony, because our world has now come to seek these peak moments constantly - every day, if not every hour!

No one really has these constant euphoric moments and exhilarating days, and the absence of them should not lead one to fallaciously conclude that they are 'depressed'. Sadly, the term 'depression' is very widely used by people who are not actually depressed, but temporarily unhappy. And to be honest, I take umbrage to the glib use of the word 'depressed' by some flippant teeny boppers, and those who don't really understand what people who truly suffer from depression go through.

Most people have ordinary days, but that does not mean they have ordinary lives. Our lives are filled with beautiful tasks that have been made to sound mundane, and we have foolishly come to believe it to be true. As a consequence, we have come to accept that the acts we perform each day are no more than boring routine actions.

So let me give you an example. If 'Master Chef' told you that today, for breakfast, you would be served piping hot fermented batter of ground rice steamed in circular moulds and served with a dip of spicy coconut shavings, you would end up eating nothing more than our humble 'idli' made to sound like it was being named 'dish of the year'.

So why then have we come to believe that the routine is mundane? Why have we come to believe that feeding our family, cleaning our home, working a nine to five job, celebrating a birthday in the confines of our home or walking in the park is boring? These actions of ours bring life to others, and there is nothing mundane in life-giving actions.