The value of doing nothing
“Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing”
– Winnie the Pooh –
I’m reflecting on a busy week at work. I love my job and I secretly love being busy at times too. I’ve been accomplishing things, been productive and gotten in a flow. And it feels rewarding. People are always on the go, always available for phone calls, always connected to the internet, social media, the world. With so many stimuli, it can be overwhelming. I think it’s important to keep a healthy balance between action and relaxation, between ‘go, go, go’ and ‘not right now’, between being plugged in and being unplugged.
Nobody can go at a fast pace all the time, the whole time. I certainly can’t. I need to spend my energy well, preserve it and replenish it. This is especially important for an introvert like myself. So last weekend, I first caught up on much needed sleep. With clean laundry drying and my groceries done, I’m sitting on the couch with my feet up, blogging away. I love it! And although I’m not doing nothing, the fact that I don’t have a thing to rush over feels so nice!
I’m definitely guilty of being always plugged in in my daily life. I keep in touch with my international friends through Whats App, I have my blog, Instagram and other social media. When I travel and I don’t have easy access to Wi-Fi I do feel like going through some detox in the beginning. I can check my phone all I want, but without internet on my phone, there won’t be any new messages until I connect to Wi-Fi. It feels uneasy at first, but after a while I welcome being unplugged.
Travelling has given me the gift of being able to do nothing. To stop the world and enjoy where I am. To not worry about deadlines and responsibilities, but love the moment I’m in. To finally watch that movie I haven’t had time for. To take out my camera and capture the world through a lens. To slow down my pace and explore. Even if it’s exploring doing nothing.
Do you agree with this ‘value of doing nothing’? Are you someone who always needs to do something? What do you do to unwind, unplug etc?