One Thing

When is the last time you did one thing? I mean that as in, you did ONE thing- at a TIME. Today, I realized I’m not sure I even know how to do that anymore. After my typical Friday-at-home routine of breakfast-clean up-random gift shopping-Sesame Street-snack-nap-laundry-return phone calls-share a Beyonce Instagram post-eat something, I saw what I was doing. It’s true that I don’t know how to “stop” or “relax” these days, but what bothered me more was that I was sitting in front of the TV, eating a deliciously sweet grapefruit, mindlessly watching some Raymour and Flanigan commercial. It hit me that I was shoving a deliciously sweet grapefruit in my face while watching a commercial as the clock ticked down until my next move. I was not enjoying the grapefruit, nor was I planning a trip to Raymour and Flanigan (note: this is not an ad post for Raymour and Flanigan, though I would gladly accept money or free furniture for all the traffic this blog will surely bring.)

Then, I started thinking about how actually watching TV is an art form in itself now. When’s the last time you watched a show/news program/sports game without also simultaneously Tweeting/Facebooking/Googling? If you are under age 60, I bet it’s been a while. We aren’t even aware of it. I think a lot about how it seems I have no time and enjoy nothing, even a TV show I used to enjoy because I am barely even watching it anymore. I can’t separate myself from doing at least one other thing at the same time whether it’s playing on my phone, folding laundry, or (usually, forever and ever) cleaning something. I think not being able to fully dedicate myself to one task or experience is hurting everything, and it’s something I’d like to make more of a practice.

Next time you’re eating- look at that beautiful ruby red grapefruit and think, THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL GRAPEFRUIT. Then STOP! Do NOT TAKE A PHOTO OF THE GRAPEFRUIT. Do NOT post it on Instagram! Stop that! Just look at it, and taste it, and smell it, and smile because you are enjoying a beautiful quiet moment with your perfect grapefruit that doesn’t require a filter. I think if we can all do this a little more, we’ll see a lot more of what we’re missing.

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2 thoughts on “One Thing

  1. melissaburgess says:

    This ties in nicely with the concept of mindfulness. It’s all about really FOCUSING on what you’re doing, being conscious of it. It’s hard to do when you’re juggling two/three/five things at once. I’ve tried to be more mindful lately and focus on one task at a time. It’s hard sometimes!

    1. The Daily Sampler says:

      That’s exactly it. It almost feels impossible at times to truly “do” one thing, focus on it, enjoy it, feel it! I don’t think American society spends enough time teaching this to young people.

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