Perfecting the Art of Wasting Time

Haven’t you felt at times that you should be doing something? haven’t you felt restless because you are just sitting enjoying a cup of tea? or coffee? I know I have, especially these days. Somehow, we feel we must be doing something productive at all times. We are conditioned to feel that way, aren’t we?

That may be so, but I am here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be this way. Nowhere is it written that we must do something indispensable at all hours. It is fine to just take a deep breath and figure out what you really do not want to do……and don’t!!!

The world moves on, with or without us. That we stop to just breathe and relax will not cause a major shift in its path. As much as we worry about what is going on, as much as we will like to change some things, we cannot do this constantly. We must stop and smell the flowers, we must make ourselves learn how to waste time…..in us!!!

I have read somewhere that nobody can pour from an empty vessel. If we do not replenish ours, how are we to give to others? The art of wasting time is all about that. We must step back once in a while and look inside instead of out. We must be ready to be selfish and replenish our vessel, so we can give again. Each and every one of us has the duty to ourselves to see this happen. It is the only way.

So sit on your balcony or porch with a cup of tea or coffee, a glass of wine. Go outside and walk in your garden, admire the flowers, look at the sky. Make sure your patio furniture is comfortable and sit there with your eyes closed. Put aside your smart phone, your computer and listen to your thoughts.

Take a nap in the middle of the day, just do it. Take your dog for a walk following a new path or simply let him run free in the yard while you sit in the sun. Go to a park and just sit while people watching. Go window shopping, go for a car ride without a destination. Read a self-help book. I love those and mostly I wouldn’t do anything they suggest, but it does make me smile to read about them. The whole point is to just do nothing you must do: no shopping, no watering the plants, no cooking or baking. Try it!!!

Just one more thought, this is about wasting time not procrastinating. It is refusing to be ruled by schedules and having a purpose for whatever you do, if only for a while. This is about slowing down, looking around you. This is about trying for a more balanced lifestyle. If we perfect this art, we don’t only become better persons, we then can help others do the same. So go ahead: Waste some Time!!!

photos: top by Julieta  Reyes Flores and bottom by Nancy Tripp