Practice Doing Not Much

Ink on pastel paper – Words: Jane Austen

It was one of those Sundays when rest, relaxation and the ability to be sit still was the goal of the day. Some things got done because I wanted to do them not because I had to do them. I didn’t do much, just enough to make it to tomorrow.

And how blessed are we when a day of rest does not mean a day of guilt or regret. If we have lived long enough we know that all go, go, go and no rest winds us tight and prevents us from being productive. Always doing eventually means our “doings” begin to degrade into mediocrity. Excellence demands rest and too often we only learn that by wearing ourselves out to the point of nothingness. It is when we accept our humanity, understand our physical limitations AND rest that we are able to bring our best work to life.

Too much work wears us out, life can be taxing or frustrating, and the more we “do” the more we need to rest. I get it and today I practiced doing nothing much … and it went very well. Give it a try, I highly recommend it!

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