Day 234: Activities of Daily Living

Yesterday’s fast went well! I had a mini-cave at the very end and ate a banana, two tablespoons of peanut butter and two cookies because I was afraid that a completely empty stomach would kill my sleep. But on the whole it went well. “Avoid the kitchen” was the key thing.

Today’s back to regular eating, and not “eat two days’ worth of food” eating. So logging again.

I was thinking about ADL on my run this morning. ADL is “Activities of Daily Living,” which is a term I heard a lot back when I was working with pharma. It’s used as a measure of people’s ability to function with certain conditions. Stuff like taking a shower, doing the laundry, grocery shopping, walking to the store. ADL is basically the business of life. It’s used as a yardstick to see how adversely people are affected by conditions: if your arthritis is keeping you from getting your groceries, that’s a measurable impact on your ADL.

It’s also the “wasted” time, in my head, a lot of the time. Making lunches. Doing the dishes. Not recording a radio show, but uploading it, writing the description, hitting “post.”

There’s an old Zen saying: “before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.” Doing better as a whole doesn’t change the fact that you’ve still gotta do all the dumb stuff you gotta do. But I think it changes your internal approach to it.

So I’m trying to be a bit less resentful of ADL and a bit more embracing of it. I’m not saying I’m going full “seek your bliss while mopping the floor,” but I could be leaning into my routine tasks more. Be more present while doing the dumb stuff I gotta do. It might make it all a bit more fun.

I don’t have a specific plan for this, it’s just a general thought I had. Kind of like “do easy” a while back, it’s a good philosophy to noodle on from time to time.