Day 10: Love doing nothing
It’s not that often that I get to do nothing… I am used to being busy, running around at 100km an hour just to get things done, but this year I have made an effort to make more time, mostly in preparation for heading back to study (which is still a couple of weeks away). It has been hard giving up good things and saying no to things that I would love to do, but I know that I have made the right choice.
Anyway, through my new found power of saying no, and while I wait for the year to come at me in full swing… which I am pretty sure is not too far off, I have found that I have had time to just sit and do things that I enjoy, like read or watch a movie, or even cross things of my list. And I have really enjoyed it. So tonight when I was asked to ‘love doing nothing’ Dave and I did just that, we ordered fish and chips and spent time reading and watching movies on TV. It was exactly what I needed after a particularly hectic day at work. It made me realise just how important it is to stop… a little like at church last Sunday or at the young adults retreat a couple of weeks ago. There is definitely a time for stopping and enjoying. I know we can’t do it all the time, but I think it helps us to put things into perspective. Gives us a chance to enjoy what we have rather than continuing to burn ourselves out trying to get more. It also gives me a chance to recharge and refresh so that I can do what I need to do with all I am, rather than the little bit that I still have left. I think as my life starts to get busy again I am going to need to book in some time for myself to do nothing, to stop and focus and most importantly recharge.
2 thoughts on “Nothing of so much importance”
It’s very important to take time out for yourself Em. I have spent most of my life doing stuff for other people and it’s been really hard for me to take that time for myself. I think you are a lot like me in that you don’t like saying ‘no’ to people. Learn from my mistakes and make sure you find time for yourself and be happy.
The issue is that you become so intrenched in things like reading that you ‘must’ finish your book and end up just adding another thing that you rush to do. But i’ll all for resting whenever we can.