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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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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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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Wow

Wow.

It would be dishonest of me if I did not write about my feelings about my previous post. I have never had such an overwhelming response in terms of likes and shares. Ever. So that threw me off-balance, and I really didn’t know how to go about it the next time.

I feared that I would write something that wasn’t as ‘inspiring’ as that one, and I would disappoint people. I even consulted with an expert in the field.

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No ID No Transaction

It was raining heavily this evening, and I needed to dash out to get something from the shop. I knew I wanted to make an Mpesa withdrawal, but I figured that I didn’t really have to have my ID, because, well, I have withdrawn from that particular shop many times.  

When I got there, I requested to withdraw a certain amount. He agreed. He asked whether I had my ID, I said I’d forgotten it in the rush to get out of the house. He said that he couldn’t let me withdraw because I didn’t have my ID and that he’d already had his account blocked for a month for allowing that to happen with someone else.

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Tell Me No

Tell Me No

Gel Nail Polish. The new thing in town, way better than regular nail polish. There’s a way it sets and serves the wearer for a good, long time without chipping or fading. The first time I got this done on me, the nail expert said that it was better to start it off a little distance from the base. In my view, that made it look like my nails had stayed with the polish for a while. 🙁

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