I have always hated housework. I was heavily influenced by Pat Mainardi’s feminist essay, The Politics of Housework. I felt it took away from worthwhile things I could be doing instead, things that would feel better and make me happier. But the fact remained that if no one did it, it didn’t get done. And in a loving household, sharing shouldn’t have to mean keeping score, or feeling unappreciated.
Work Is Love Made Visible
So recently I decided to add a little pleasure to housework. Put on some music, get happy. Suddenly, I remembered a quotation that was posted in the kitchen of the home of my friend’s yoga teacher, some 30 years ago:” Work Is Love Made Visible.”* And I found that it opened my heart.
I cleaned the kitchen as a way to love my family and myself. I thought about how we all deserved the peace that came with order and cleanliness. And that was a gift to all of us.
*I couldn’t remember the source of the quotation, if I ever knew it. Actually, it was Kahlil Gibran in The Prophet.