A couple of weeks ago, after using a public restroom, I washed my hands, and then discovered that there was no paper towel.
So, I was forced to use the hand blow dryer. World Dryer brand.
I know, you’re thinking…. no biggie…..
I have always hated using a dryer for my hands. I have always felt that using paper towel was faster, and that it dried my hands better.
So, anyway, back to that other day. I was forced to use the hand dryer.
Standing still, staring at a tile wall. Being very aware of how dry my hands were becoming. Feeling the water dry off of them, a little at a time. First, from my finger tips. My fingers, my thumbs. Then from the sides of my hands and my palms. The backs of my hands.
It couldn’t have taken more than two minutes total.
But as I stood there, I realized something. I realized that I was standing there, being mindful.
And I also realized that it felt good. I’m usually so rushed at that time of the morning. In a hurry, dealing with traffic. Dealing with getting to where I need to go.
So for me to have those couple of minutes where I had to stand quietly and actually take a minute….that was a good thing.
When I say mindfulness at the world dryer, I mean that since that day a couple of weeks ago, I have actually chosen to use the dryer as opposed to using paper towels. I find that it is a good thing to spend those couple of minutes standing and being mindful of the moment, and of the feelings of having my hands dry slowly, bit by bit. I like feeling my hands dry in stages like that.
And I like that I have that mindful time to just breathe, and be where I am.