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I’ve easily handwashed more dishes in my nearly five years of retirement than I had the previous twenty, and have enjoyed it more, because of four truths: it’s the most important thing I accomplish that afternoon — meaning there’s nothing more stressful on my plate. When I do it (and scrub down the cooktop), there is tangible and obvious accomplishment. It means I am home. And I am appreciated for having done so; never am I told I’m doing it wrong, as I sometimes was twenty and thirty years ago.

Christine Chen

Happy to know other people also like dish-washing, "enjoy" the mundane, routinized movements, cherish the immediate sense of accomplishment and value the importance of self-management and hygienic practices. Repetition sometimes is therapeutic; sometimes it tests our patience, challenges us to accept our limits and to do better. You and your friend said it all!

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