“You do too much. Go and do nothing for a while. Nothing.”
— Lillian Hellman
Between summer goals and an accountability partner, I had been making great progress. This past weekend, though, I did Nothing.
I’ve capitalized it because I rather like thinking of nothing as something tangible, as something I should aspire to. Those who know me, know I’m really not all that good at doing nothing. It’s one of the reasons I love the Lillian Hellman quote. I carry it with me. I aspire to it, and rarely succeed.
I had a to-do list for the weekend. I’m not sure where it ended up. I was supposed to walk 10,500 steps each day. I didn’t even break 5,000 steps on Saturday. To be honest, I didn’t break 4,000 steps.
I was supposed to write two chapters of my book and write my blog post for today (yes, this one; the one I wrote during my lunch hour).
I had planned to work in the yard. The sky was blue, the humidity was low. I did buy some plants for the gardens, but alas they remain on the porch.
Here’s what I did do, though. I listened to my heart and soul. I woke up with the urge to open all the windows in the sunroom, brew a big pot of coffee, and get lost in a good book. Not a management book. Not the selection for book club. A beach book, or in this case, a sunroom book. Bliss.
Then I decided I wanted to scrapbook because the light was so perfect in the dining room. I opened the blinds all the way. I pulled out all of the supplies. Through the pages I created, I relived a fabulous trip with my goddaughter.
I awoke Sunday feeling guilty for barely moving the day before so I left the house and walked. Maybe strolled would be a better word. I explored the neighborhoods near me. Seven thousand five hundred steps later, I returned home.
My beach read was calling me, so I headed to the pool and read until I finished the book. I paused in my reading to dangle my feet along the pool’s edge — the water was still too cold for full immersion.
I returned home and finished the scrapbook. I finished the book.
I did Nothing.
And I am better for it.
3 thoughts on “My Weekend of Nothing”
Thank you for the much-needed reminder about the value of down time and filling it with things from the “want to do” list instead of the “should do” list.
Good for you, well deserved!
Thanks Mindy! You know what a challenge it was for me. I feel like a new person; so glad I did it.