Koan Question

If you cannot be happy while washing the dishes, can you ever be happy?

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“If I am incapable of washing dishes joyfully, if I want to finish them quickly so I can go and have a cup of tea, I will be equally incapable of drinking the tea joyfully. With the cup in my hands I will be thinking about what to do next, and the fragrance and the flavor of the tea, together with the pleasure of drinking it, will be lost. I will always be dragged into the future, never able to live in the present moment.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Of course.

What do you think of the question or the master’s observation? Is it true?

I think it probably is. Which is weird because I remember as an adult thinking wisdom like this was sort “put on”. I looked at koans as things I was not allowed to criticize for fear of looking like a boob, but which really didn’t hold all that much truth.

Now, I think maybe I was just a boob.

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