Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Nothing At All

Can you believe it's almost the summer solstice? We're almost halfway through the year. It doesn't seem possible. I don't know why I should find that hard to believe. You'd think I'd be used to time passing by now. We all know that time is subjective. Some days take forever and others pass in the blink of an eye. I wonder if people in centuries past got together and complained about how fast the year was passing. Or is time passing faster for us now that each day is scheduled and programmed and timed to the last minute? I feel odd, even slightly guilty, if I just sit around doing nothing on the weekends. As if I am required to use my time well, as if it were just plain wrong to allow an idle day to pass. I suspect that that is an old guilt. Certainly my grandmother always had some work to do, at the very least she would read a book or a magazine. She never just sat for a whole day doing nothing. It's too bad. I think we could all benefit from doing nothing every now and then. Just sitting for a few hours doing nothing but thinking or day dreaming or seeing figures in the clouds as they pass overhead.

Now I know that all of you have busy schedules. Work and kids and school and chores and and and and and and and.... But won't you join me in a couple hours of doing nothing? Even just one hour. No books, no tv, no internet, no music, no other people, just you and your own thoughts. Pick a day, any day, any time and have a comfortable seat. In your garden if you have one, or in the park, or in your living room and just let the time go by. Savor it, like a fine glass of wine. I think you'll like it.

4 comments:

karen said...

I secretly wish for an hour to do nothing but am lucky to get an hour or two to sleep, lately! I'm currently scheduling for August, which I know is well after the Solstice but blocking out an hour to do nothing would give me something to look forward too...

LMP said...

What Karen said.

Epiphany Alone said...

Yep, what Karen said.

I realized today after receiving a "Nanny" email that there's only one weekend we don't have plans in the next 12 weeks. TWELVE WEEKS.

The Plaid Sheep said...

12 weeks?! I see the need is great. I will try to manifest some time for you. You never know...