Tonight is new year’s eve; I’ll be washing several hundred dishes and scrubbing many giant pots and pans. The parking lot outside the lodge is filling up with cars, bringing people to the banquet where I will be washing dishes. It’s part of my job; everyone has to wash dishes two or three times a week. But the dinner shifts are the worst, they’re the most work when you’re already exhausted; tonight I’m dedicating my shift to everyone everywhere working tonight and tomorrow (banquets are way worse than regular dinners too). If this sounds a little like a post I wrote last week, when I washed dishes on Christmas, um, sorry.
In the new year I resolve to wash fewer dishes and be less grumpy about them. What’s your resolution? Do you make them? I don’t, other than joke ones like the one I just made; they’re so easily broken. I find it more rewarding to meditate every day; this practice gently makes me kinder and more compassionate. Much better than making a bunch of impossible declarations one day a year, and inevitably giving up on them by February first.