“Nothing” is Important….
After spending another weekend away from home attending a church conference, fighting crazy traffic for nearly four hours home, unpacking, doing a few loads of laundry I found myself searching for ideas to write about. I sat for nearly an hour staring at the blank computer screen wishing my brain would produce a page full of wise words to share with my weekly readers. But what happens when I can’t come up with anything? I continue to sit in quiet and wait for ideas to fill my head and heart. Nothing. Then, like always I realize that I do have something to share and it’s all about nothing; or shall I say it’s all about doing nothing. Let me explain.
Having nothing to write about (or so I thought) allowed me to spend time in the quiet of my bedroom, sitting in a chair with my eyes closed and my mind opened to the thoughts that crept in. But nothing came to mind; or was it really nothing? The idea of doing nothing seems unattainable for most folks, especially those of us who have lives filled with kids, jobs, homes, hobbies, friends, civic activities, etc. But doing nothing is exactly what I did for nearly two hours and in the end I realized that doing nothing was just what I needed to do. My self diagnosed writer’s block was exactly what I needed to stop everything and think which allowed me to rest my tired body and mind and appreciate the nothing that I did. The un-done chores still remain un-done but that’s okay.
In February 2012, I wrote about the importance of doing nothing; apparently I forgot to follow my own advice. So to honor my own words of “wisdom” this week I am going to stop worrying about the writing, take a break and continue to do nothing. I encourage you to take time out and do nothing once in a while because “Nothing” is actually something. Have a great week!
I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!