laundry lists

According to Urban Dictionary, "Laundry list" refers to a "list of characteristics or items that are generally considered to be mundane or distasteful. Items on the list tend to pile up, just like dirty laundry."

We all have them, the things we don't really want to do. The dishes, the yard work, the taxes, the laundry. To face a past, confront creative blocks, or what we will (need to) do tomorrow. Tomorrow. I've recently felt overwhelmed by some, um, moments of procrastination. Luckily, I had some beauty and new favorite words to pull me out of it and back on track with all the things that are blessing my path.

There are literally hundreds of passages in Karen Maezen Miller's new book Hand Wash Cold that I want to share with you, remember, stamp on my forehead, write onto post-its and stick to my bathroom mirror, but I'll stick with this one from the opening chapter:



So, as my story goes, my "laundry list" feels both full of stuff to do and wonderful potential for holding onto every moment as it comes, for every little lesson it might offer. There's always something going on, and I vow to fully experience every bit of it without putting worth or value or judgement on it.

And if that's not enough, go read some of Karen's words on creativity. They will touch you in the most creative and extraordinarily mundane ways. ;) At least I hope they do.

6 comments:

Memoirs of a Single Dad said...

I kept a journal for about a year and a half that I was writing to my son, too. It was a small, blue hard-cover one about the size of a small planner. I still have it. Plan on giving it to him when he's in high school. I'd write to him anytime I thought of him and he wasn't around to talk to.

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