• Charles Cherney

118: Wash Your Bowls

I am reading Norman Fischer's collection of essays When You Greet Me, I Bow (2021). This quote resonates:

I got to thinking about this last night after dinner.

When it was time for me to do the dishes.

Time to wash my bowls.


Why is it that we want to leave our dishes in the sink?


Have you ever noticed how easy it is to rinse a dish right away?

Or how rewarding washing a bowl can be?


With the movie MY STORY playing in my head, there is a good chance I may miss.


Miss the water coming out of the faucet and slowly getting hotter.

Miss the food rinsing off the plate.

Miss the rainbow in the soap suds.

Miss the light gleaming from the now clean items drying on the counter.


MY STORY is filled with so much drama:

- Why do I have to do these dishes?

- It's not fair. My life is not fair.

- Woe is me.

- I am so unappreciated.


The next time you are stuck in traffic, watch the wind blow through the trees.

The next time you are waiting on someone who is late, look up at the sky.

The next time you finish eating, wash your bowls.