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Looking at the Everyday in a different way

Do you experience those moments when you to find yourself looking at an ordinary, everyday thing or behaviour in a completely different way and ask ‘Why?’

Living without the dishwasher

This week it happened to me when our dishwasher broke down…again.

In the beginning there was no time for questions. A sense of urgency had descended upon the family. A needed to make a quick decision. Do we get someone in to fix it again or cut our losses and get a new one…asap?

We chose the latter, especially when we pondered the smell that has been recently emanating from the said dishwasher, no matter what super toxic dishwasher cleaners we pumped through it’s pipes.

So whilst the research wizard did his thing online, I faced the task of hand washing!!!!!!

Before I bravely faced the pile of dishes that lay in wait to assault my nicely moisturised hands, I felt a feeling, followed by a thought, which closely resembled a prayer.

The prayer went something like this, “Oh dishwasher Gods please make this a quick and painless exercise. Materialise us a shiny new dishwasher before the sun sets too many times upon our humble home, and all hope is lost! Amen.” – well that’s the gist of it anyway.

Then I attacked the dirty dishes.

Whilst engaging in this most primitive of tasks, (I felt like I was camping), I found myself experiencing one of those ‘Why’ moments, as I was flooded by unexpected feelings and thoughts.

I kind of felt good, relaxed, in the moment, and felt sort of zen (these feelings are almost hard to admit). I found myself comparing what I was doing to stacking and unstacking the dishwasher – a job I dislike. I was enjoying the gentler rhythm of hand washing.

Following are some of the questions that ran through my mind:

  • Could we live without a dishwasher?
  • Why do I seem to have many less dishes when I hand wash than when I use the dishwasher?
  • Why do I need a new glass or plate when the last one has only a couple of crumbs on it?
  • How much electricity would we save if we didn’t use a dishwasher?
  • How much longer is it really to hand wash rather than stack and unstack the dishwasher twice in one day?
  • What is that gritty stuff that sometimes accumulates at the bottom of the glasses in the dishwasher and do I ever ingest it?
  • What the hell is that disgusting smell and where is it coming from exactly?
  • Why do I feel so much more ‘in the moment’ doing this task than I do if I’m stacking and unstacking?

Most of these questions are yet to be answered but the point is that the act of stepping outside yourself and looking at an everyday things from a new perspective is powerful and liberating. Previously I couldn’t imagine doing without a dishwasher, and the panic that I experienced when it broke down now makes me laugh.

‘Look at the everyday in a different way’
Sigil design by Ra 2012

What about you? When was the last time you looked at something ordinary or mundane from a different perspective? How did it feel?

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