Continuing with my 30 Days of Gratitude, I am thankful for the ability to be happy with silence, quiet, relaxing, and not doing anything.
Day #9 – Appreciating that sometimes doing nothing accomplishes much.
Lisa and I laid out plans for Saturday, and we got very few of them done … but we were certainly not idle! We were shopping and planning, and discussing, and online searching, and dealing with all kinds of things related to ourselves, kids, money, colleges, family and so on.
But in the morning we sat together for a while and just enjoyed sitting, being together, drinking coffee, having the dogs with us, and relaxing.
Relaxing is not easy in today’s world – Danielle had a post last week where she talked about how not being stressed and overwhelmed actually made her feel worse, in spite of other stuff she was dealing with. And as I predicted in a comment – many people agreed with her. I will say it again – that is neither good nor ‘normal’, though I think it is all too common. Relaxing is a lost art it seems, but very important.
This morning there was a great article with some quotes about doing nothing, here are a few:
There is more to life than increasing its speed. — Mohandas K. Gandhi
“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” —
“He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.” — Benjamin Franklin
“Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.” — Richard Carlson
“You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.” — Mortimer Adler
And of course, Winnie the Pooh has this to say:
“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” — Pooh’s Little Instruction Book
And while we didn’t relax by any stretch of the imagination this weekend, there is an element of stress removal just being together with Lisa and having fun wandering the Bed Bath and Beyond or whatever. I’ll take it.
How do you do with doing nothing?