Posted by Tim Stobbs on September 10, 2015
So I’ve been sick the last few days around the house and I realized something important. Being sick is one of the few times I give myself permission to do nothing in a day. No objects, no goals, and nothing that feels much like work at all. I think yesterday my accomplishment was dealing with an email problem that have caused me grief over the years but only in a minor way until I made an effort to deal with it. I stumbled into a solution to the issue so I took advantage of my extra time and dealt with it.
Yet isn’t it sad that I have to be sick to give myself permission to do nothing in a day. What is wrong with the world that we have all seemed to have this twisted ideal that you need to accomplish something in a day…honestly, isn’t binge watching a show on Netflix enough or reading most of a book? Why can we not just have no objectives? Are we less of a person for doing nothing?
Or perhaps our ideals of getting things done on our checklists make us forget a few important facts. Like for example, why isn’t spending an hour talking with my wife a good objective for a day? It builds our relationship, helps us learn new things and forces us to consider things outside our normal state of thinking. Or reading a good story doesn’t have to be an educational event, but often I’ve learned all sorts of tidbits while reading novels that have actually been practical in real life…like never go to bed angry at our spouse.
Then of course a day of nothing really isn’t ever nothing. I always seem to get something done regardless of my intentions not to. So why should I even worry about it at all? Something will get done, just usually not something I expected, but often that is just fine. After all making a cake is something or some muffins, having a nap is restful or writing a post for this blog.
So with that in mind I’m going to try to a few more nothing days in my future. I sort of enjoy them after I got over my needless guilt of ignoring my to do list for a day.
Do you ever do nothing days? Do you feel guilty as well?