Thomas Merton in one of his books referred to his daily 'ritual' of making his coffee, a statement well worth reflecting on whenever one of the normal potentially mundane routine tasks of every day life is done as an another viewpoint would be to regard such tasks as routine and tedious household chores. If the feeling that the task is dull becomes part of one's mindset then it risks not only actually becoming dull but also causing the part of the day in which it is done as being unattractive. The converse seems to apply if whether consciously or sub consciously the task is regarded as a ritual.
Coffeee making with a filter is a good example as all the various little activities associated with producing a good cup, could indeed be regarded as boring/tiresome- lettiing the cold water run, rinsing the jug, unsealing the grounds, finding and loading the filter, pouring the cold water through, picking out a decent (tall thin shape) mug, retrieving some milk from a dark corner of the fridge, smelling the aroma as the now hot water soaks up the coffee from the filter paper and finally... Yet looking at these tasks as one of life's richnesses, converts the whole process from a daily chore or routine to a colourful ritual associated with each early morning. The day becomes brighter as a result
I recall years ago whilst on holiday in Tangier, seeing a local bazaar stall holder setting up his wares each morning at the same time and place. The goods he traded in were of the shiny brass trays and other highly polished metal artifacts variety.Of course his tasks seemed rather heavier duty than the mere making of a cup of coffee yet he appeared to undertake them with enthusiasm. At the time I wondered about the hard lot of most men and women in terms of our having to attend to the same outwardly dull and sometimes difficult looking tasks each day but the realisation now just begining to take hold is that for many who think of those tasks as forming a living ritual, they can really become part of - despite the feeling of cliche that the phrase evokes - life's rich tapestry.