From the frequency of my blog posts, you may be able to tell that I’m getting pretty good at doing nothing. It’s been two months since I’ve written anything worth posting.
Two. Whole. Months.
Do I feel bad?
Bad enough to turn off the TV, stop my Facebook scrolling and pick up the pen (well, the iPad)?
But isn’t it ironic that the first thing I choose to celebrate after deciding I’ve wasted enough time doing nothing is, well, “doing nothing”?!?
Or maybe it’s the perfect subject after a long break of doing just that.
Don’t get me wrong. I haven’t been traipsing about life shirking my responsibilities and blowing off obligations as if I didn’t have a care in the world. No. I work for a living. I take care of a family. I cook. I do laundry. I clean – every now and then, anyway. 😉
But on any given Monday, if you were to ask me what I did over the weekend, my answer would unashamedly be, “Absolutely nothing”.
I know. I know. There are things that need to be done – walls to be painted, closets to be de-cluttered, projects to be finished, blog posts to be written – and I promise I’ll get to these things. I will. But right now, I’m truly enjoying doing nothing in my down time.
You should try it!
Now, I’m not advocating complacency or pure out laziness here. I’m only saying that just like there are times in life that call for us to take action, get the job done, stand up and do something, there are also times that call for doing nothing.
Let’s explore this fantastic idea, shall we?
When you’ve worked nonstop for days and you haven’t had a decent night’s sleep, taking some time to do nothing is a great way to rest and rejuvenate. If you don’t, I guarantee your body will do it for you.
When your spouse comes home in a fowl mood and starts snapping at everyone and everything, what’s the best thing for you to do? Nothing, my friend. Nothing. Better to hold your tongue than to say something you’ll regret and make the situation worse!
And what about that co-worker or boss that insists on doing something his or her own way when you’ve tried and tried to explain that it’s not going to work? Do you continue to warn of an impending disaster? Nope. You sit back and watch. Some people simply have to learn the hard way and you doing nothing in this situation provides the perfect opportunity for that necessary life lesson!
You see, there are times when doing nothing is exactly what is needed. And, yes, even when the laundry is piling up and the unfinished projects are beckoning, choosing to do nothing on the couch with your favorite book in hand or your favorite movie playing can seriously do a body good.
So, what did you do last weekend?
I did absolutely nothing and I gotta tell ya. Doing nothing over the weekend sure did help me SMILE while doing a whole lotta somethings on Monday morning! 😉