When stressed, overwhelmed, confused or in a “stuck place” I often turn my focus to the mundane. Tasks like cleaning my drawers, organizing a closet or even just hand-washing dishes allows me to shift my focus. In a way, it’s similar to meditation.
Like when meditating, I am more open, my defenses down, and I often find the clarity or solution I’m in need of. However, once in a while I am so lost in the task at hand, I am startled out of my reverie by someone calling my name, a phone ringing or a scent…
What follows is in response to Velvet Verbosity’s 100 Word Challenge. This weeks prompt is Doing the Dishes.
I smell cigar smoke and know you are there, silently watching, as you often do. I plunge my hands into the water and continue scrubbing the black iron skillet, trying to steady my breath. Coming closer. Your touch on my back startles me! Instinctively I grab the skillet and spin to face you.
I must be a sight to behold: screaming, crying, and swinging wildly at the empty air. Soap bubbles fall.
You and your cronies may laugh at my expense, but heed my message…I don’t want you here! Go back to the spirit world and leave me alone! Please.
Sometimes, imagination (or something more?) interrupts my task at hand!
Have a great day!