It was a dark and stormy day in Georgia. The kind of day that makes you simply want to stay in bed. We had storms all night, most of the day, and the sun did not make an appearance until late evening, right before sundown. There was thunder and lightening and more rain than we have seen in years. I am grateful that all my plants were watered so thoroughly, now I look forward to getting reacquainted with the sun.
It was a lazy day for me. I didn’t do much at all. Part of my felt very guilty and part of me was relieved. I took multiple naps and shifted multiple times so a cat could join me in my slumber. As I get ready for bed I realize I did nothing all day, and it felt good.
Why is it so hard for us to let ourselves relax? I don’t mean take a short nap or sit and read for a few hours. I mean actually do nothing at all. I can tell you I needed the rest and I was glad for the torrents of rain; they gave me an excuse not to do the things I wanted to do outside. So why do we need an excuse to do nothing? Where does the internal guilt come from? Is it because of how we were raised, or trained, or groomed, or programmed? I know we only have so many days on this earth and we need to cherish them all, so why does that always mean doing something? Sometimes we need a nothing day.
I know that none of us are promised tomorrow, and yes we need to utilize the gift of time as much as possible. That doesn’t mean that relaxing is a bad thing. Some of us only do nothing when on vacation. Others only do nothing when their family is out of town. Some people can’t do nothing, it bothers them and they always have to go, go go. Why can’t we do nothing on a regular day of the week when we really have nothing in mind? Yes there is always work, and yes there are chores and responsibilities, and yes there is always a honey do list lurking in the background. Today I was reminded that relaxing is an important thing. It refreshes us, gives us a chance to rest, and lets our mind clear from all the rattling we hear each and every day.
So today was my nothing day, and I feel good about it. The rain gave me the lack of motivation I needed to do nothing and do it well. I encourage you to do nothing very soon. Turn off your phone, take a nap and don’t stop napping until the day is over and it’s time for bed. The nothing will do you good. To quote Winnie the Pooh, “Never underestimate the power of doing nothing.”