This week we commenced the final clean for the bond inspection of the rental property we recently vacated. As I drove over there to start the vacuuming and tackle the dirty glass on the wood stove door, I have to admit, I felt a little flat and just a teensy bit resentful that this was how I would be spending my morning.
I had a little think about how I was feeling. While reminding myself to feel grateful for my amazing life and how this day would be a distant memory in no time, I remembered this quote by Gary Snyder:
“…master the twenty four hours. Do it well, without self-pity. It is as hard to get the children herded into the car pool and down the road to the bus as it is to chant sutras in the Buddha-hall on a cold morning. One move is not better than the other, each can be quite boring, and they both have the virtuous quality of repetition. Repetition and their good results come in many forms. Changing the filter, wiping noses, going to meetings, picking up around the house, washing dishes, checking the dipstick – don’t let yourself think these are distracting you from your more serious pursuits. Such a round of chores is not a set of difficulties we hope to escape from so that we may do our “practice” which will put us on a “path” – it is our path.”
We are here as human beings to do the big things as well as the little things. Landing a new job, winning an award, making a speech at your child’s wedding. These are the events we label as ‘big’. Putting sunscreen on a child’s face, doing the dishes, folding the washing, paying a bill. These are the events we label as ‘small’.
When we can take care of the so-called ‘small stuff of life’ with as much presence, care and gratitude as we do the more exciting moments, our capacity to feel peaceful, content and balanced in our emotions 99% of the time expands exponentially.
After all, isn’t most of life taken up with everyday stuff? We might as well grab it by the lapels and give it a great big kiss!
Love it all!