Monday, September 7, 2009

Let's do...NOTHING!

Idle hands....why is being idle such a BAD thing? I read a quote the other day that said something to the effect that there was nothing more satisfying than getting all you wanted accomplished done by the days' end. Well...perhaps you might feel accomplished after such a day, but personally I can have a very satisfying day doing nothing. OMG -yes- I said it: NOTHING!
Ok-perhaps I am being a bit melodramatic, but idleness does have a place in our lives. Why do you think so many creative ideas come to people at night or in the wee hours? Maybe it's because your brain has had some some to relax and noe it is ready to shoot out some ideas that were buried behind everything we try to fit into a day.
The biggest oppostision to idleness is guilt. STOP FEELING GUILTY. It's ok to let go and just BE- look at the clouds, doodle, eat chocolate, read a book, take a nap. You deserve it. I am not advocationg abandoning your resposibilities, but the sky isn't going to fall because you failed to mop the floor this weekend!
For more on this subject, check out a magazine called "The Idler" by Tom Hodgkinson. He has essentially made a career out of telling people how to be idle.
I am interested in your thoughts: are you for or against the "idler"mindset?


  1. I am literally laughing over here. No problems with being Idle. I was being idle just a few minutes ago! I'm sure i will be idle several more times before going to bed tonight!!!

  2. Mike, glad to see someone agrees with me! lol We all need the rest, although I do have to force myself to put the book down sometimes!

  3. I am a firm believer in being an Idle,
    because this is the time you have to regroup and get ready for the tasks ahead.

  4. We all must have idle hands at some point! We need a break to rejuvinate our brains and like you said creative minds can come in the wee hours. I know mine does. I LOVE have idle hands.