The Inexhaustible Richness of Sameness


To be in the same place daily, watching the dawn, hearing the birds wake each morning, makes one realize the inexhaustible richness of ‘sameness.’

Thomas Merton

I enjoy sameness. Routines. Predictability. Plans. Not Knowing makes me slightly anxious. I think my dogs enjoy sameness too. They watch me and know what’s coming next, even if I try to be sneaking and do things nonchalantly. If I am getting dressed AND putting on my shoes, they know that the next step is going out to the doggie room and THAT MEANS TREATS. Oh, the excitement! This happens three or four times a week.

And then I started this routine to give equal time to the girls. So for my afternoon coffee break, Bess and Zoey get to sleep on my lap. I started this because Bess doesn’t demand much, and I felt like she was getting a little neglected. Now, when I just START making my afternoon coffee, Bess goes and positions herself by my chair, ready to take her rightful position! I can’t believe how excited she gets about this. It is the only time she asks to get on my lap! Sophie and Chloe get my lap after dinner. Since they are a little bigger, Chloe gets on the chair next to me, and Sophie lays on top of her. Chloe doesn’t seem to mind. (sorry, no pictures of this. Believe me, it would not be a flattering selfie.)

I enjoy waking up early, without an alarm clock, so most nights I start to bed fairly early. I like it when I can get into the studio before 9am to start my quilting, sewing, and creating.

I like going to the gym three days a week, and working out hard (but not too hard 🙂 )

I enjoy going to church every Sunday. I enjoy worshipping with others, and this is where I can hear from God (if I am listening) and it grounds me for the week ahead.

I like the predictability of the seasons. I love seeing everything pop up in the garden when spring starts. I like working out there in the summer, getting new plants, moving others to new locations, and making little plans. I like the fall, when I can look forward to the changing colors. I like it when winter comes, and I get to take a break from the garden.

Sometimes liking sameness can cause a little difficulty. I like certain foods, and I like them at certain times of the day. If I identify that that might not be the best, most healthy way of eating, it is difficult for me to change those habits. Right now that includes a protein bar every day with my coffee break, and Skinny Pop popcorn every night! I’m working on that.

When I first moved to the country, my city family would ask me, “WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?!” Well, I was going to stay home and enjoy myself. They did not understand this. Its a verse in the Bible, but its also just plain wisdom “I have learned, in whatever state I am in, to be content.” 

Contentment. Its a good thing.

I wish for you a contented Happy New Year!


10 thoughts on “The Inexhaustible Richness of Sameness

  1. Thank you so much for this. My spouse is already retired and we too are moving to the country as soon as we can get our stuff moved from the city house to fix it and then sell it. I am so ready for that sameness! 2016 threw up multiple obstacles into the time frame and I am so impatient! But this is what we are working towards. Not to mention putting some order into my eating, and to see sameness as a good thing there too. Wishing you a lovely 2017!

  2. Much like you, I enjoy life when everything is in a good routine. Not saying I don’t enjoy getting out and traveling as well, but it’s nice to be home and have my ordinary life. 🙂

    I love that Bess knows when her special time with you is, and enjoys it so much. And of course Sophie lays on top of Chloe. OF COURSE. 😉

    P.S. Henry knows when I sit in the blue chair in my bedroom (to put on my shoes) I’m a captive audience and runs over to have me pet him. Animals definitely have us figured out.

    • That’s funny about Henry. I tried to take a picture of Sophie laying on top of Chloe for you, but it was like she was embarrassed or something. Every time I got the camera out she jumped off the chair. The opposite of how she usually acts in front of the camera. Interpretation??

      • She doesn’t want to be “caught” actually liking Chloe? Like, god forbid I actually come across any of my pets snuggling/sleeping together…they jump apart and pretend they don’t know each other. Goofs.

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