In the chaos of it all, there is such beauty
Wood – it’s on my mind, a lot. Do I have enough? Is it dry enough? How long does it burn? How hot? I recently split and re-stacked a bunch of rounds that I had dug out from under a tarp (and a lot of snow) a month ago. It feels good to have what appears to be more wood again. I am determined to make it through this winter without having to buy a cord of wood. I think I can, if I stop going to Mexico everyday (cranking the fire so it’s 30+ degrees 😉 ) Just want to give a big shout out and thanks to my bro. He taught me how to use a chainsaw, helped me obtain said wood, built me the little woodshed, and bought me this sweet ass wood splitter.
Check out that split!
When I scrub a dish, it feels ancient to me. It’s a zone where I feel the lineage of women through the decades with me. It evokes bygone ancestral memories if you will.
“. . . There are two ways to wash the dishes. The first is to wash the dishes in order to have clean dishes and the second is to wash the dishes in order to wash the dishes. . . .
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 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”.
– Thich Nhat Hanh