[M/s 365] Washing the dishes

bistro-dishesHad a topic all ready to go for last night in my head, then hit that wall and it was bed time.

We are slowly adjusting back to a rhythm and normal life after our 11 days in the UK. What we hadn’t realized was just how much we’d been looking forward to the trip, focused on the trip and then it was here and gone.

Much like many days of our lives, we live them so quickly, and then they are gone. A good chunk of the world spends itself concentrating so hard on where they’re going, how they’re going to answer a question while it’s still asked, what they’re going to do after dinner, after the dishes, what has to happen tomorrow… that life just sails on by.

That is one of the things I’ve been appreciative about the 365 project, about this title year, about having my M/s relationship… all these things have forced me and us to slow down, to look at ourselves, to live in the moment of what we are. To be able to do that in order to learn lessons, to share it with others.

With that in mind, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite quotes from a book called “The Miracle of Mindfulness

“If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not “washing the dishes to wash the dishes.” What’s more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can’t wash the dishes, the chances are we won’t be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future -and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Miracle of Mindfulness

So this week, while we take a small pause in our hectic schedule, I am concentrating on being mindful of all the miracles of my life.

 

(One small note about the book link – you might have noticed that it directs you to “smile.amazon.com” and there’s a reason for that. Amazon will donate .5% of all sales to the charity of your choice through the smile.amazon.com URL. I’ve been making many Amazon purchases through this, in support of the Leather Archives & Museum. While I would always appreciate more help for the LA&M, I encourage you to go look at the list of charities and select one that calls to you.)

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Master Michael S

International Master 2014. Member of: Chicago Leather Club, Chicago Leathermen Group, MAsT: Greater Chicago. Longtime leatherman. One of the Four Horsemen.

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