July 10, 2008

Life is...a list of chores to do?

Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.
(Pablo Picasso)

I love this quotation, and I find that it is so true. One wakes up every morning with a list of chores to do -- a never-ending, boring list from which there seems no respite. Cook, clean, drop kids in school, work in the office, pay bills, go to bank, buy vegetables, provisions...and then it is evening and there are another set of chores staring at you in the face. The dust of everyday life, and how much dust there is!

But I believe that life must be lived between chores. And so I bribe myself on and off...if I have to do one chore that makes me groan, I offer myself a small reward. Like, if I have to go driving through impossible traffic to pay a bill or get a music system repaired, I offer myself a treat--a visit to a book shop or an art gallery nearby for some food for the soul. The work is done, and I come home happy. Or, if I need to go to the printers' just to drop off a packet, I throw in a quick window shopping spree on the way back. If I have to pick up my daughter's watch from the service center, I come back home with a packet of samosas from the sweet shop next door. Its the buy-one-get-one-free philosophy, and it works for me, especially since I work flexitime.

I do this as I work at my desk too...if I have to edit a tough paper, I do five pages, and then browse for a bit; or if I am not in a mood cook, I play some music in the kitchen, and it makes me stay there and cook in a happier state of mind!!

Try this method...it does wash away from the soul, the dust of everyday life!


dharmabum said...

i like the idea. and i like chores too!

Sadhana Ramchander said...

Good for you!