Diary #8 - Washing Dishes

I love this quote by Thich Nhat Hahn, a 93 year old nobel nominee. Please re-read it at a quiet moment.

"If while washing the 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 realising 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."


Author: JD