The Ordinary and In-Between Moments

Cherishing the ordinary, bearing tediousness, and nurturing simplicity are essential to find peace and fulfillment. Life, experiences, and people will not always, and will not often, be amazing, unforgettable and meaningful. But that does not make the giftedness of life any less. Like the seasons of life, there will be darkness and cold, warmth and light, fertility and barrenness, birth and death.
The waiting, the in-between moments, the seeming lack of direction or meaning, the gray and dark times are our crossroads. There is a space to be still, silent and uncertain. It is in these moments that we listen to our heart, our inner voice, the wisdom of generations that raised and nurtured us, the pain of others and possibilities before us. There is no one else who knows us as well as we know ourselves: our pains, hopes, dreams, our weaknesses and strengths, our commitments. It is in these moments of hunger, grief, displeasure, questioning, vulnerability and emptiness that we deepen our understanding of ourselves and humanity.

But like the sunrise after a seemingly endless night, the budding of flowers and bearing of fruit after what looked like dying, the harvest after the long wait, life will burst forth. And then our learnings, triumphs and celebrations have meaning. They are not thoughtless, fleeting and empty joys. Rather, they are felt in the depths of our souls.


2 thoughts on “The Ordinary and In-Between Moments”

  1. “In-between” is that stretch of time bounded by dramatic explosions of creativity
    that cannot be sustained indefinitely for such times need to rest, relax and reflect
    On what has been which is experimented and exemplified in actual life. Such time
    in European history is the so-called “dark ages” which was not really dark for it was
    a quiet and intense probing into the values and socio-political structures beqeathed
    by the time of Augustines that unfortunately sought to forge Christian ideas, Greek
    metaphysics, and Roman politics which was unfortunately brought together in the
    vilest and most corrupt papacy of Alexander VIIi. The scourge of human fallenness
    has made a captive of some of the finest products of humanity—the Christian faith
    and Greek philosophy—much to the discredit and embarrassment of the Church.
    That “in between” was a revelation of the deadly combination of power and holiness,
    or more explicitly, church and state, a union that should never again be tried, but
    it also demanded a reprinistation of the Gospel and the more authentic virtues
    of humanity; so the other pole of the “in between” is explosion of humanist values
    of the Renaissance that attempted a fusion of the transcendental ethics of the Christian
    faith with the noblest ideas of Plato and Aristotle.

    The “in between” in the lives of people—those who are truly sensitive and perceptive,
    may strike a parallel chord to that phase of European history, which is so obvious in
    lives where there is an inauthentic and authentic periods, wherein the time “in between”
    becomes a gradual transition from what is false to what it true. Many a great thinker,
    where theologians, writers or philosophers, the “in between” times is a time for self-
    criticism and even radical re-evaluation in light of what has been, what now is and
    what is likely to be. In Karl Barth, it was his radical rethinking of liberalism so dominant
    in the 19th century that gave way to the theology of crisis that eventually blossomed
    into the sovereignty of grace. The in between time saves us from being fossilized into
    old forms of thought whose shells remain while their substance gets discarded,
    and grants us the power to remain true to what is authentically divine and human.

    Levi V. Oracion

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