The everyday monotony

“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

What have I learned about discipline? Sometimes you have to do the same thing over and over before you see any results.

I find this to be extremely tedious, and I resist it greatly. But maybe – just maybe – that’s the curveball to crossing over to the side where you enjoy whatever you are doing…?

Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again;” and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead.

For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony.* But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon.

It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.

– G.K. Chesterton

Have yourselves a wonder-filled day! And in case you’d like, a beautiful morning prayer from the Optina Elders.


1 lack of variety and interest; tedious repetition and routine: you can become resigned to the monotony of captivity.

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Jessica is an employment specialist for marginalized youth in Toronto, Canada. She enjoys teaching, traveling and observing - especially the relationship between mind and heart. Jessica also has a passion for outdoor walks, dancing, and all things offbeat and authentic. You can contact her at

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