Do you remember when I cried while mopping my kitchen floor because I was thankful for the filth? Well, today I bring out my mop to clean the floor once again, but this time, I think of a different narrative.
I imagine who else in the world is mopping a kitchen floor at this exact moment. Of the 6 billion folks living on the planet today, chances are good that somebody is also mopping a floor. Maybe thousands of us are.
And then, I start imagining you fellow moppers: your countries, your lives, your particular sorrows. I can't help what comes next: I start praying for unnamed, unknown people. I pray that you would find joy in the work; I pray that whatever happens on your floor today would be a good thing.
Then I go about my morning. But something has changed in me.
I wash dishes, and I imagine other people who are scrubbing breakfast dishes at this exact moment. Next I fold laundry and wonder who else of the 6 billion of us are folding underwear right now. I smile and giggle to think of this community of underwear-folders. And then I say a prayer for the people folding underwear out there.
I'm not alone in these tasks. I'm never alone at all. We are all in this together--you, me, and people all over the world--mopping floors, scrubbing dishes, and folding underwear. We did it together today. So if you felt alone, you weren't.