During a recent conversation with an intellectual in school, a question came up. What is one thing that is quite important, yet very underrated , not only locally , but even globally. After a brief moment of pondering, her answer was beautifully simplistic. Nothing.
She was probed to go on by our confused glances. So, carefully she proceeded. I feel the art of doing nothing is highly underrated. Do you ever just sit down and do nothing?Leave alone watching a movie or reading or having a conversation; do you ever just take some time and do completely nothing at all? In this time and generation, there’s a constant need to always be doing something and isn’t it sad?
What she said was more than impacting for me. It made me think of all the times I had nothing to do and decided to just sit down….and the reaction from people around me was terrifying. They just couldn’t contemplate how I was able to not do anything. I was crucified for relaxing and called lazy just because I took a time out.
Why is it so unbelievable that someone can actually do nothing? Why is society hell-bent on making sure everyone is busy..why are you always doing something? I find the thought of being able to do nothing so seductive..it’s actually a turn on. I mean, how lovely would it be if just for a moment, as little as a breath, we were all able go placidly amid the noise and haste and take time to be on our own, to be by our own, to be you and let our minds wonder to places that are oblique or even black to just relax. Exciting, isn’t it.
So the next time you have some free time, be it a short holiday or weekend, you don’t have to take a foreign language or learn to play an instrument or how to land a plane. I want you to do completely nothing. And I’m not making this call to excite lazy minds, but to awake the extra productive ones.