Over the weekend, I saw the movie Up. In it, the boy, Russell, is telling the old man about times spent sitting on a curb, counting cars with his father. He says, “It might sound boring, but I think the boring stuff is the stuff I remember the most.”

It’s not a bad message with which to end a year and start another. Many of us will look back at 2009 and say, “good riddance!” After all, it has not been an easy year. And many will look forward with grand resolutions and hopes for big changes in 2010. But despite the upheavals, surprises, and proclamations that generally attend life, looking back, it may well be the daily routines and simple times that mean the most. So, what boring things marked your life and were memorable to you in 2009? Please leave a comment and share! Here are few of mine:

– walking my daughter to and from school (until it got too cold)
– curling up in our big chair with a hot cup of tea and a good book
– sitting in that same big chair with my daughter, making up stories
– cooking the vegetables from our CSA box each week (and I’m still cooking them, truth be told…)
– watching the local news on TV with my husband at the end of the day

I recently read a book by Forrest Church, who said something like, “If you pray for what you already have, your prayers will be answered.” Indeed, I will pray for these happy, boring routines! Respite, renewal, and meaning are available in small snippets every week if we only remember to notice and embrace them.  They give balance and perspective to the more exciting parts of life, which may be what it takes to get us through.

Wishing you a new year filled with “boring,”
Nancy Michaelis