07 February 2012, by A. Cedilla
How do you get your hands dirty?
Setting illegal activities aside, manual labor is usually the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to dirty hands, right?
Just ask Mike Rowe. Mucking out stalls, taking out the trash, scraping crud off things…getting dirty means getting sweaty, and implies getting smelly as well. The good kind of getting dirty means you’re working at something so hard, and in such an involved way, you can’t help but get it all over you, you’re so into it.
What happens when you get your hands dirty?
You will have the undeniable proof of your labor showing on your body, or smeared on your skin, and aching in your muscles. The dust and grit from the work, plus the sweat that came from doing it and the fine muscle-trembling that comes from lactic acid making itself felt. Getting your hands dirty is a whole-body experience, come to think of it. The experience of getting dirty is intimately tied into full-body involvement.
Think of the ‘war-wounds’ you’ve sported in the past over projects you just threw yourself into, even if it was just battling clutter. Even if it was just spring-cleaning. The dings and scratches. The odd bumps and bruising. Barking your knuckles on rough surfaces. Owies and boo-boos. Dust in your eyes, and grit in tender places. And even if the work doesn’t involve the icky stuff, or is more of mental heavy-lifting, if it leaves you all wrung out, it still qualifies.
The aftermath of getting fully involved is also something everyone experiences, whether they’re children conking out after riotous, romping play, or adults after putting in a full day at the job. They end up tired after staying up late having fun –or finishing the project. After a day well-spent, you crash after the clean-up, satisfied that at least for now, you made the best use of your time.
Why avoid getting your hands dirty?
Because it’s icky, that’s why! Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid To Get Your Hands Dirty This Year