Motivational Speaker Empties the Dishwasher to…Empty the Dishwasher

Some people call me a motivational speaker.  Others call me an accident waiting to happen.  I have more scars than I can count from dings, burns, scrapes and cuts that were simply the result of pure inattention.  Just last night, while hurrying to leave for an engagement, I dropped a bottle of pills on the floor, and then, while scrambling to pick them up before 3 little doggies OD’d on progesterone, I cut my hand on the sharp edge of a lower drawer that I had (whoops) forgotten to close.  Geez.

So tonight as I sat down to write a blog post, I thought, “Oh wait! I have to empty the dishwasher first!”  And since my husband had already gone to sleep, I knew I couldn’t “slam” my way through the task, clanging bowls and dishes and run the risk of waking him up, even though I felt myself wanting to hurry in order to get back to the blog.

And then I remembered it.  The book by Thich Nhat Hanh, poet, Zen master and Buddhist monk entitled The Miracle of Mindfulness, wherein he talked about the importance of doing any task in order to do that task – NOT in order to do something else.

So I stopped.  I took a deep breathe as I slowly started the task of emptying the dishwasher. I picked up one utensil at a time and felt how nice it felt in my hand as I placed it gently in the drawer.  I quietly stacked the plastic tupperware bowls and noticed how beautifully they all fit into one another.  Slowly I took each plate out of it’s dishwasher slot and mindfully nestled it on the top of the other plates in the cupboard.  I carefully carried the sharp knives over to the wooden knife holder that my husband had made and as I placed them in their respective slots, felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude that he had made such a beautiful thing for our kitchen.

I emptied the dishwasher – NOT to get back to my blog – but simply to empty the dishwasher.   I did it with love and appreciation and great attention to detail and it was an amazing experience.  I feel calmer, more relaxed and a tad bit wiser.

Now I issue you a challenge.  When you get up from this computer, whatever you decide to do, try doing it with supreme mindfulness.  Walk to the kitchen – to walk to the kitchen (not so you can get a glass of water).  Water the plants – to water the plants (not so you can get to the next task.)

Now I hope you’ll excuse me.  I’m going to go eat a bowl of ice cream – to eat a bowl of ice cream.


From your laid back, slowed down, injury free motivational speaker, Linda Larsen 

Helping people bring their finest, best & happiest self to life!


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Half way through your blog, I stopped and just… read your blog! And I felt myself breathe. Thank you Linda for a clear concise reminder to just… be. I will now sell my stock in Band Aid;)

  2. GREAT post Linda Larsen, oh motivational speaker who knows how to make the most of every moment in life. I love your words of wisdom and the person who wrote them, whose name I could never say, much less spell – I thought you sneezed in your post. But whoever he/she is – the words of wisdom still landed on my heart. So thank you.

    And I can really appreciate your new fondness for emptying the dishwasher. So much that I’m going to let you empty mine.

  3. Wow! I accept that challenge, Linda Larsen, the motivational speaker who always opens my eyes to better ways of seeing this world. As I think about being mindful I’m becoming aware that I’m very focused on just a very few things during the day. That would be the things that I give importance to and that I enjoy doing like cooking, eating, reading, writing, exercising, conversing with my husband and sons. It’s the long list of other daily tasks that I do “in order to do something else”, in order to do my important list. Yikes! I’m curious what I’ll notice as I wash this morning’s oatmeal bowls and coffee cups. Thanks Linda!

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