Gmail has different backgrounds you can swap out so your e-mail viewing experience is a little more enjoyable. My background is called “teahouse”. It features a little fox in a Japanese teahouse, living a quaint little life.
Every time I check my mail he’s up to something. Giving the birds a bath, tending to his garden, practicing tai chi with his friends, peacefully sweeping up the dust from his floor. He never frets, never worries, never wonders if his time might be better spent doing something other than what he is doing. I envy him that peace of mind. I don’t have it.
I spent my time this evening engaged in some (probably much needed) relaxation- not trying to bang out the end of my novel. The laundry got done, but nothing else. If I were in the teahouse, I might be at peace with how I spent my evening. But I am not. And I think the fox would’ve taken the time to finish his novel.