I was going to do something today, but didn’t finish doing nothing from yesterday.
Think about that one. Sounds kinda, well unambitious, huh? But there are two sides to every coin. Let’s explore…
To engage in behavior that is pure enjoyment rather than goal-targeted, exercising purpose that is not pragmatic is the alternative to doing something we most probably should be doing. Something totally pointless, like watching the grass grow.
If we engage in a little truancy on daily responsibilities, we just might find a sense of fulfillment we wouldn’t think we deserve. A thought that too often is embedded in our daily lives. To counteract this negative thought, the bane of creativity, we might investigate a way to just relax.
It may take looking to things we don’t readily notice or take the time to enjoy. Finding simple experiences that require little from us mentally…
Peering out of the window as the seasons change and lay the garden to rest. The moment guides us toward an inner peace and sense of well-being. Disengage from demands and let your mind drift.
Following the fish as they swim around in the pond, finding competition in the color of the fallen leaves. Experiences that open us to possibility and creativity. Not thinking of necessary daily activities opens the relaxed mind to creative thought.
Watching the raging waters wear down ice-age old rock, thinking about times long past. Such experiences supply sustenance for our souls and put current things into perspective.
Admiring the sky as it paints a canvas of color in the setting sun, or gazing at the reflection of the clouds in a still lake is meditative and refreshing. Daydream your way to creativity. Excavate buried dreams.
Witnessing a bird building a nest right outside one’s window is fascinating and relaxing. The small gesture makes us smile and smiling releases ‘feel good’ endorphins.
Better yet, get on your feet and take a walk to relax with nature. Take a few photos. The whole outlook on the day improves. All this ‘doing nothing’ aides in things of necessity you need to get done, especially if they are things that need solution or creative expression.
Simple inspirational pleasures where doing nothing is really doing something very important.
Part of a series on thoughts on creativity, where things are not always as they seem.