Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Opposite of Rushing

Do you rush to get through unpleasant tasks?

Me too.

Whether it be laundry, dishes, or paying bills, I want to get it done as fast as possible and move on with the fun parts of life.

However, recently I've realized that those little unpleasant things are life too. By rushing through them, I'm saying to myself that it's just a necessary pause in life before I can go and enjoy life again. I'm putting my life on pause, and you know how I feel about that.

Yesterday I had to do some laundry. One unique thing about our laundry process is that our dryer broke...over a year ago. We just haven't gotten around to replacing it yet, so we hang up all our clothes to dry on various clothes racks, drying racks, and clothes lines in the basement.

As I took wet shirts and pants out of the washer, I tried not to rush. I tried to enjoy the motion of hanging up the clothes. I tried to be thankful for a body that can do a simple task like laundry. I tried to smile.

And you know what?

I did.

Laundry was actually kind of a pleasant task. Now, don't get me wrong, I won't choose this in exchange for a Friday night on the town, but I felt content and peaceful doing laundry yesterday.

What tasks do you dislike? Can you think of a way you can enjoy them more? (and the answer "not doing them" doesn't count!)

1 comment:

  1. Amber,

    I've been thinking about this lately too! Especially when I hear my friends who have kids say that everything takes longer...ugh! I'm kind of thinking kids might make those tasks more enjoyable if we do them together. But I guess you've challenged me to try and enjoy them now...I'll let you know how that goes!