Simple work

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My mind was whirring with all the stuff I had to do and remember. Running behind in all kinds of important things I really didn’t have the time to go out and stack firewood! Although I generally love working outside, I felt like I simply couldn’t afford losing time like that, what with a few deadlines coming up next week. But then I went out anyway. Just for a little while, I thought to myself. First I had a hard time picking up where I left off last time. Also, a lot of the pieces were very crooked and hard to place to make a stable built. But soon I found my way into this simple work again. Every piece of firewood has its very own shape and weight, although all of them are supposed to have roughly the same length. Some fit here, some better there. And only some are suited to build the corners. I love how all those pieces make such a beautiful stack. I love this simple work. I love feeling, seeing and finding just the right place for an especially twisted log. The rhythm of this simple and quiet work makes it possible for my mind to settle down and unwind. I listen to the wind, the melting snow dripping from the roofs. A few early spring birds tweet. Nobody is talking to me or demanding from me. I don’t particularly think of anything special, but my mind starts coming up with new ideas and solutions to all kinds of things. Just like that.

And when all the logs are stacked, I am physically tired, but mentally refreshed and excited to go inside, make myself a cup of coffee and start tackling my more complicated tasks that I am now so well prepared for…by going outside and doing some really simple work.

2 thoughts on “Simple work

  1. Eowyn says:

    I love it! Thanks for sharing! Mindless tasks often seem like a waste of time to me too (as does exercising!), but in the end, I end up with more creative ideas than when I started.

  2. Anja Oesterle-Kieweg says:

    Hey Katri, du sprichst mir aus der Seele! Auch ich liebe solch einfache Arbeiten und denke manchmal, ob ich vielleicht auch etwas einfach “gestrickt” bin ;-)…. Und gestern habe ich überlegt, dass sich ein Stapel Grillholz vor unserem Carport doch optisch ganz gut machen würde. Wir haben da die altbekannten U-Steine als Sitzgelegenheiten und deren Hohlraum kann man ganz gut mit Holzscheiten füllen. Und wenn man das dann wiederum stapelt…..
    Und ich habe ein Fotoprojekt: Holzstapel fotografieren. Hier in der Gegend gibt (besonders am Winteranfang) auch viele Wiesen und “Stückle”, wo z.T. sehr lange Reihen aufgestapelt sind. Im Nassachtal hat jemand sogar eine Buldog-Garage aus Holzstapeln gebaut….
    Nur leider haben wir keinen Kamin, hier in unserem modernen Energiesparhaus. Weil im Dach kein “Loch” sein soll, fehlt mir dieses Stück Romantik leider. Hubert übrigens nicht! LG, Anja

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