I’ve always been one to wash my hands. I’ve cooked professionally in kitchens. I’ve taken food safety courses. I know how important it is. But I have to say that washing one’s hands for 20 seconds can seem like an interminable amount of time! Have you set a watch to it? Are you really washing for that long? And if you are truly soaping and rinsing your hands for that long, do you find yourself doing it with tension, frustration, or perhaps a tad too much frantic effort?
Think of hand washing as a small, calming moment of self-care. To help you out, I’ve made several 20-second videos for you to wash your hands by. These were taken during a five-mile hike in my backyard yesterday.
There’s a mallard drake on the far side of this pond. The first 4 times that I hiked by, he startled up and away. Yesterday, though, he calmly paddled about. It’s nice to be a known neighbor.
We’ve had a deluge of rain, and the standing water in these low spots is deep and clear. The woodpeckers have been shredding that dead tree, but there was no-one about yesterday.
I don’t know if this stream will be a trickle in the summer, but right now the water sheets off of this rock.
I could watch this for a lot longer than 20 seconds! Mesmerizing.
Finally, here’s a serene view of a corner of the marsh that my house faces.
Time is a funny thing. It telescopes in and out. When I wash my hands for the requisite amount of time, it seems like ages. But these snippets of videos each seem shorter than 20 seconds, so much so that I double-checked them to make sure that they were long enough!
Tell me about a special 20 seconds in your day.