Mind the Dash

My husband’s favorite reminder of YOLO (you only live once) is summed up in the quote above: “Your life is made of two dates and a dash. Make the most of the dash.”

It’s easy to get caught up in the mundane of that dash and get bogged down in the day to day. Of course, there are lunches to be made, laundry to do, vacuuming, and other chores. But what if you approached those everyday activities (hello doing taxes) with a sense of excitement?

Let imagine, for a second, doing the dishes. It’s not my favorite either, so it’s good for me to use this example.

What if, instead of dreading the battle with the pile of dishes, you enjoyed the task?

What if you listened to your favorite dance music or an inspirational podcast while you scrubbed off the remains of the casserole?

What if you used a dish soap that reminds you of a tropical vacation or camping at your favorite park?

What if you used the time to be hyper present? To feel the water warming your hands. To smell the fragrance of the soap. To enjoy the feeling of the various textures of the object you are washing.

It’s a completely different experience from dreading the chore of dishwashing. It sounds fun, luxurious, relaxing. But here’s the thing: it’s still washing the dishes.

Full disclosure: I have days when this works and days when it doesn’t.

But if it was the last thing you did, it would have been enjoyable, even memorable.

Every day life is full of things we must do. But who’s to say that we must approach them with drudgery or dread?

If we look at the opportunities within the task and we approach those opportunities with gratitude and even a sense of fun, even doing dishes can be a special moment.

Not everything can be sublime, just as not everything is mundane. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to decide if you’re minding the dash and making the most of your one precious life.

❤️Love and ✨light,

Rev. Julie

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