Merriam-Wester.com defines extraordinary on first reference as “going beyond what is usual, regular, or customary.”
It’s interesting to see examples of instances where inanimate, ordinary objects become extraordinary.
For example, during the month of October here in the U.S., the pumpkin, a simple, gourd-like squash, becomes extraordinary when carved in connection with the national Halloween holiday. When carved, a regular pumpkin can be transformed into a jack-o-lantern.
And, what about ice carving? Ice sculptors take frozen water and translate it into myriad fluid pieces of art.
Have you ever seen food become extraordinary? For example, simple sushi roll ingredients can be rearranged in such a way that a “sushi panda” can appear.
Rearranging food ingredients, carving ice and carving pumpkins requires an effort.
Do you think that effort is always required for things to “go beyond” and become extraordinary? If so, is that the same case where individuals are concerned?
What does it take to become an extraordinary person in this world? Does becoming extraordinary require an extra effort? Or, is each ordinary individual already extraordinary at birth?
Do you think of yourself as ordinary? Take the time to consider what have been the most extraordinary moments of your life so far. Discover what is extraordinary about you. It’s not too hard to find the extraordinary inside yourself, if you’re looking. As Carly Simon once sang in her “The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of” tune, “Don’t look at yourself in the same old way. Take another picture.”