a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

31 THINGS day thirteen

I am participating in a class with Ali Edwards through Big Picture Classes called 31 Things.  Every day includes a word, writing prompts, dig deeper prompts, a writing tip, Ali's example, and a photo challenge.  In addition to the prompts, templates for a physical album and/or digital album are included.  I am creating a digital album and plan to share the results here over 31 days.
created with Photoshop Elements 9 and tools from 31 Things with Ali Edwards

day thirteen | chores

By definition, chores are simply tasks we do routinely.  However, the word chores has a negative connotation and I almost feel defensive of the word.

It is not that I enjoy doing chores.  I don’t.  Especially cleaning the toilets.  That is a chore deserving of the negative connotation.  It is just that I thoroughly enjoy the feeling of having completed my chores.

I like having packed my lunch because I look forward to that midday treat.

I like having vacuumed and steam cleaned the floors because it makes the house feel Clean (with a capital c).

I like having emptied the dishwasher because it means I have a full selection of travel mugs in the cabinet.

I like having ironed our clothes because it makes for a stress-free morning.

I like having fed the dogs because we are all more at ease when we follow a routine.

I like having straightened up because the kitchen counter looks so much nicer with out my books and papers piled on top.

It feels good to get my chores done. 

1 comment:

  1. Does task have a negative connotation? Perhaps think of those responsibilities you must do, but don't really mind as a task to complete rather than a chore. Of course toilet cleaning remains a chore. Ugh!
    When everything is in itts place there is a peace that settles over me. Fortunately for me, it is my husband who takes on the majority of our "tasks."