The Refreshing Sink – Goodbye 2017, Welcome 2018

I post a lot of the meditations that come to me as I wash dishes. Some time back, a friend seemed to see that as a struggle. Well, it’s not. Washing dishes is my favorite household chore, and so as I do it, the whole of me is fully engaged, almost consumed by that wonderful experience :).

It’s also a time to be alone, to sing, to pray, to mull over my thoughts, concerns, plans, goals, ambitions, dreams…largely uninterrupted. Oh, try to have some quiet time as a mother, and you’ll know that’s when the family will keep wanting your attention! I digress.

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Christmas for the Homeless

 

Do you have some clothes that you haven’t worn for 6 months, or even 1 year? Are you going to wear them again, really? They may not be bad, you just haven’t worn them for one reason or another. Not your style, you forgot about them, you don’t ‘feel’ them… The list is endless.

But please think of that person who hasn’t had a new piece of clothing for those 6 months. Or simply doesn’t have enough to wear. And is cold, tattered…

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De-cluttering Our Lives

 

I’ve spent the afternoon de-cluttering and organizing a bedroom. After working for about 3 hours, throwing out 2 huge paper bags of clutter, sweeping, cleaning and dusting, the room looks more or less the same as when I began.

 

To the ordinary observer, there may not be much difference between how it looked when I started, and how it looks now. But to me, I know there’s a huge difference. I know where the difference lies under the beds and chairs, in the boxes and in the drawers. I know it’s much fresher than when I began, and I am pleased with my work, with myself even.

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Hi, dear…

 

The other day, I was washing dishes after a nice ugali meal. The sufuria that had been used to make the ugali was in the sink, and thankfully, had water. The water had already softened the dried flour/mukuro 🙂 and so it was relatively easy to clean it up.

 

As I cleaned the sufuria, I thought about how helpful that water had been. The water had just been sitting in the sufuria for all that time, seemingly doing nothing, but actually working wonders, which would then make my work much easier.

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The Impact of the Small Tap

I washed a whole lot of dishes today. As I worked away at the sink, I didn’t sing the way I usually do. I was lost in thought and meditation. As I was coming to the end of my cleaning, I looked to my right and saw so many clean dishes. To my left, I saw an empty platform. In the middle, the sink was clean and shiny; and empty.

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Do Your Check-lists Really, Truly Represent Your Accomplishments?

Many times we read books about great women who were great home-makers, who disciplined their children tenderly and taught them great values. A few examples are oft given to elaborate these and other points, but many times they do not exceed a few paragraphs. The entire life of these women’s home-making deeds are summed up in a few (measly) paragraphs, and that’s about it.

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The Curse? Of The Multi-talented – Reflections on my Birthday

The Curse? Of The Multi-talented – Reflections on my Birthday

The Curse? Of The Multi-talented – Reflections on my Birthday

Many times I have come across profiles of big CEOs who run several companies, sit on several boards, take charge of charities, write several books not to mention offer guidance and mentoring in their family circles. Many people look up to them, and when it comes to the truly great, they make those around them feel t hat they too, can become great. They make it look like it is actually possible to do so many things and touch so many lives.

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What’s So Golden About Silence? Everything.

What's So Golden About Silence? Everything.

What’s So Golden About Silence? Everything.

You can’t fault silence, and neither can you regret it. You experience no guilt about something that you did not say. You do not mess up your character or reputation and you do not assume responsibilities for promises you made. You do not have to sooth or undo any pains that may have otherwise been caused. There are no words to take back, no regrets, and no-one is disrespected.

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