“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” ~ Zen Buddhism quote
“When hungry, eat your rice; when tired close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean.” ~ Zen Buddhism quote
It has been a frustrating week.
Due to a faulty landline I’ve had no phone or internet connection at the farm, unless I hiked up the hill behind the house with my iPhone.
At first I was angry. It’s a situation that has been dragging on for almost three years, with our landline slowly deteriorating until every phone call became a lesson in frustration due to static and poor line quality. (And our internet runs off this line too!) The telco kept sending technicians, and the phone would work a little better for a while, and then decline again. Until finally it broke altogether.
This week while they worked on our line I wondered what I would do. No amount of wishing was going to give me an ability to be online.
So in the end I drew on the wisdom of my favourite Zen quotes.
I did laundry and actually folded it and put it away.
I planted things and tended my garden.
I wrote. So many words.
We did yard jobs. We chopped wood, and carried water to the plants where the hose doesn’t reach.
Life became so much simpler when I stopped struggling against the things I couldn’t change and chose to be in the moment instead.
It was peaceful.
There was also something freeing about being so much less available, once I let go of the stress of no longer being in control.
But now the line is fixed. I am reconnected with the world. My internet is fast and my phone line is clear. So exciting!!!
And we have enough wood cut and stacked to see us through the winter.
5 thoughts on “Chop Wood, Carry Water, then Surf the Net!”
I like the part of “actually” folded the clothes. So relatable.
Well said … er … written. (Blushing furiously!) 😀
That is a lot of wood, just saying, how we miss our phone and internet when we don’t have it, they are such a big part of our lives now days
Yay!! oh i so hear you with the ‘telco’ issues………….i am currently trying to muster up the energy to phone them aGAIN to waste precious more of my time to try & get some resolution………no, cancel that, “today when i phone them all will go smoothly & they will be competent & helpful ! ” I love that you got to enjoy unplugged time. Much love xx
It took 22 hours of calls before it was fixed for us. All power to you! Good luck, Nicole xx