Washing the Dishes- Thich Nhat Hanh: If I am incapable of washing dishes (or in this case, taking out the garbage 😆) joyfully, if I want to finish them quickly so I can go and have dessert and a cup of tea, I will be equally incapable of doing these things joyfully. With the cup in my hands, I will be thinking about what to do next, and the fragrance and the flavour 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. The time of dishwashing is as important as the time of meditation. That is why the everyday mind is called the Buddha’s mind.
From the book, Present Moment Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living