We are always in a hurry. We just finished something and we jump on the next best thing. We don’t even realize sometimes what we’ve achieved. We are busy, We need to arrange this, talk to that, reply to that other thing and find out how to do that third thing we talked about. We plan, schedule, re-schedule, run, move, arrive and leave. We have our chores, our family stuff, our work, maybe even side-hustle, we have arrangements and must dos. Our calendars are always full and we almost feel guilty when we have a day of doing nothing.
But we have adjusted so much to this always on the run lifestyle that even when we are doing nothing, we achieve a lot. We just don’t realize it’s been effort.
Every now and then, I have weekends when I don’t plan to do anything. When I tell myself I’ll be OK with doing nothing. And almost all the time, I end up doing man things. Maybe it feels like nothing. But I clean, rearrange, organize, communicate, re-schedule, plan.
I want to get better at doing really nothing. For we all need a break sometimes. I have moments of peace like that. Moments, when I enjoy the luxury of my home, sipping a cup of tea on my balcony, listening to the birds. But usually, I don’t allow myself to enjoy these moments for too long, because before I realize, I am on to the next big thing.
We all should learn to rest. Like when we were kids and we just watched the clouds for hours. Carefree.
Fazil Say – Gershwin: Summertime Variations