There are two ways to wash the dishes. The first is to wash the dishes to have clean dishes, and the second is to wash the dishes in order to wash the dishes

Screen Shot 2017-05-27 at 11.37.03 AMWhen we do an activity, usually a tedious and repetitious one, whether it be a chore or a job, we tend to do it “for” something. In the above quote, we wash the dishes so we have clean dishes, but by thinking this, we automatically say that the activity itself is useless, meaningless, and that we do it only because it has a result. By saying this, we devalue the act, and we do it with another end we desire in mind. Because we focus on the end result and the end result alone, we instantly vaporize any pleasure from the activity; it is merely a way of getting something else, so it is of less importance. However, this makes the process more difficult, as it has no purpose anymore, and we are relieved only when we get what we wanted in the end. If, however, we do the process for the sake of the process, if we clean the dishes for the sake of cleaning the dishes, we will be more disposed to doing it, and the smaller things in life will be more enjoyable.


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