A young woman stands, deep in thought.
Head down in concentration, her eyes focus on the ground below, allowing her thoughts to wander without interruption.
How often do we spend time like this? Indeed, if we stand and stare at the ground, people will come up alongside and ask, “Are you okay? Are you depressed or anything? Your head is hanging down.” So rarely do we take time away from the many obligations facing us to “do nothing.”
It isn’t “doing nothing,” really – thinking. Indeed, taking time to think is one of the most important things we can do, and for this reason, doing dishes by hand isn’t such a bad activity. After all, since we’re officially “doing something,” no one will think us strange, but because what we’re doing – washing dishes – does not engage our whole brain, we are able to think, wonder, contemplate, concentrate, and meditate. Folding clothes serves the same function, providing a new element to chores that we have traditionally tho...