Life has its ups and downs. Many times we run through life at fast speeds in our effort to get things done. After all, it is a society of doers, of achievers, and doing the opposite would attract some frowns and judging, right? Doing is good, but sometimes, our doing becomes robotic, lifeless, dutiful, and boring. We don’t enjoy the things we once did because they have turned into stale routine. We go through life as “zombie doers” without realizing that the magic has left our hands, and our hearts wish for excitement in our endeavors. However, maybe the magic is still there, and what happens is that we have stopped doing things lovingly.
Doing things with love and passion is in every one of us. It is up to us to enjoy each moment and dedicate attention to the task at hand – no matter how menial it seems to be. Washing dishes by hand can be transforming when you start feeling the soapy water, the fruity floral scent of the dishwashing liquid, and hear the squeaky sound of a clean dish. Somehow, this menial task becomes alive, engaging all your senses.
This is what doing things lovingly means – to enjoy the task at the moment, or to pay full attention to it, to be mindful for the duration of it, and to be thankful that you can do.