a different perspective

by Patricia on March 7, 2011 · 7 comments

I haven’t forgotten about part 2 of the cupcake saga (I promise I’ll post that soon), but this morning I had something else on my mind so please bear with me…

I spent the weekend in a coaching class and learned a lot about the power of choice. We choose how to look at things. And by choosing our perspective, we can transform our experiences (and our lives really).

Then this morning I was looking for an article on Whole Living that I saw in the current print issue but did not find it online. Instead I came across an article that I had read a couple months ago about “Cleaning as Meditation” and found myself re-reading it. But this time, it clicked.

One quote from the article in particular stood out to me:

“Your own attention is what spiritualizes things. Attention to the meal you cook, the clothes you wash. Attention is love. And that’s transformative.”

When you look at the pile of dirty dishes as drudgery, it is a burden. You have to wash the dishes. But if you look at that pile of dirty dishes from love, it doesn’t necessarily make it fun but it can lift the dark cloud hanging over the sink.

I’m not saying I’m rejoicing at the idea of doing the dishes and laundry today, but I’m not dreading it the way I did last week.

Today I intend to do my chores while remembering why I do them (to maintain a loving home). And enjoying the process (the soap bubbles and my pretty pink gloves) as well as the results (dingy boy socks become fresh and clean).

How do you see your chores?


1 JohnVH April 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

Alicia found the phrase “Age quod agis” which means “Do what you are doing”*. Mono-tasking. It’s notion is similar and has a similar way of transforming what you are doing into something enjoyable. You tend to find that it makes things not only more efficient (of course) but also more enjoyable (that’s the surprise). However, you’ve baked in a notion purpose – and especially of love. Nicely done!


2 Brit Hammer March 23, 2011 at 2:48 am

I wrote in one of my books, “‘Have to’ is heavy. ‘Want to’ is light.” I love cleaning because it’s a gift I give to myself – a beautiful, clean home that I enjoy being in. After I’m done cleaning I just sit and look around, appreciating my efforts and my home. <3

3 Patricia March 25, 2011 at 7:55 am

That is so true Brit. A friend of mine made a similar point to me recently and I’ve been trying to reframe everything as “want to” :)

4 carolinaheartstrings March 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Great post and so very true! Thanks for sharing.

5 Deanna March 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

What you pointed out is so true. I used to gripe about winter’s short days and gray skies until a friend mentioned how the dim light was calming to her. Ever since, I’ve looked at the gray skies in a whole new way and I my moods are much less affected by the lack of sunlight. I think I’ll go do some meditative laundry now…thanks for the new perspective on household chores!

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