This blog by Jennifer Flaten
It was one of those internet lists, I believe it was entitled 10 things your grandparents did better than you…or something similar.
I clicked on the link and read the list; it contained many predictable items like sewing and canning. Sure, I know several people who can and sew, but for a majority of people, they simply figure it is easier to buy it from the store.
One of the last items on the list was actually quite a surprise-Doing nothing.
Huh. Doing nothing. At first, glance you would think doing nothing and being good at it isn’t something you should be bragging about, but then I thought about (yes, while sitting quietly) and determined that I think more people should try this.
The author or would it be compiler of the list said her grandmother was a master of sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and staring out the window. That’s it, not making a dinner list, not trolling the internet, not trying to reach the insurance agent. No, she is just sitting quietly with her thoughts…or perhaps, even, with a blank mind.
Maybe it is because my grandparents raised me, but I too am a master at sitting and doing nothing and I am proud of it.
You can call it woolgathering or daydreaming, but the point is sometimes I sit somewhere doing absolutely nothing. I am not multi-tasking, I am doing one thing…okay, so maybe two things…sitting and thinking.
Yes, there are times when faced with a complex problem I prefer to take a long walk to sort it all out, but on any given day, I just enjoy sitting quietly doing-gasp-nothing.
Part of the reason I don’t mind waiting for kids, appointments whatever even when I don’t have a book or knitting to occupy myself is that I can just sit quietly. I rather enjoy it in fact. Sometimes I am people watching, sometimes I am nature watching, sometimes I am here but not here if you get my drift.
If you haven’t mastered the art of doing nothing I highly recommend you try it.