Flowers in California

Flowers in California

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

37 Seconds

I set the microwave today to heat up some coffee for 37 seconds.  There wasn't much left of this morning's brew and I felt a need to drink some coffee, however foul-tasting and sad it was.  Again, yes, I have a coffee problem.  Please don't judge me.

While the bad coffee was heating, I loaded items into the dishwasher.  They had been sitting on the counter, waiting.  I loaded them up and while there were other items in the kitchen I could have loaded too, the work I did in that 37 seconds made a visible difference.  For me, it did more than that though.

Realizing that doing only 37 seconds of work makes a difference shows me that it is possible to get things done quickly and with less suffering than I sometimes think.  Emptying the dishwasher, sorting out printed photos, doing the laundry and so many other things can seem like big, horrible, impossible tasks until they're attempted.  Once they're attempted, all of them are possible and none of them are that horrible.  Laundry does accumulate quickly but it is possible to have it all done for at least a few minutes.

Getting things done is so nice and realizing we have more time to do pleasant things is great.  There's even more time to drink coffee than I'd realized.  Or perhaps to get the help I need to get over my addiction to that vile brew.  Either way, it's nice to have more time available.


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