As suggested by fellow bloggers SuziCate, Ron and Penny, over the past 120 hours (that’s five consecutive days, round-the-clock), I’ve simply gone with the flow and let life happen. Except for a scheduled Memorial Day cookout at my house with the in-laws, I made no plans…and just did things as they presented themselves.
I felt as free as a bird…
…and it was glorious!
I took a 24-mile bike ride, finished a book, hung out with neighbors and friends, went out for ice cream, bathed my cat (she didn’t like it)….and just a whole bunch of nothing that added up to something big…called me time.
If you haven’t had some you time in a while…or if you are so stressed that it’s almost straight jacket and rubber room time….
…take it as a sign to look at your calendar, block out a few hours, an entire day, or a few days as time for Nothing = Something.
I used to think that doing nothing was simply a waste of time. I would sit in a state of physical idleness while thinking about the 1,00o other things I could or should be doing instead. This mental battle between what I was doing (nothing) and what I should be doing (something) was very unsettling.
Then, along came my vow to beat the Feeling of UN. After five days of me time, I am now a believer in the mental health value of taking time for nothing.
When I look at my calendar, my schedule usually looks packed. Work, family obligations, housework, lavish parties (okay, I’m dreaming about the parties). We all wish there was more time in our lives to relax and do nothing. But, when we get a moment to do absolutely nothing, our minds are on other things or we distract ourselves by watching TV, checking our e-mail, browsing the internet, or doing chores. We don’t enjoy time spent in nothingness.
Instead of writing a few more paragraphs and compelling you to read them, do this….
Close your eyes for what feels like a full minute…and do nothing.
Did it feel like you wasted your time?