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The Importance of Doing Nothing

Editor’s note – today we recognize National Nothing Day, all day. So sit back, relax, and do…nothing!

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I’ve been told that I do nothing better than anyone else. I usually have a very full schedule. My lunches and evenings are filled with need-to-do-this or need-to-meet-them. I’ve lots of interests outside of my day job and I’m admittedly, very social. I never turn down a meal or a glass of wine with friends. My brain is always whirling and my sweetie has come to dread the phrase…”I’ve been thinking” because it usually involves some task for him.

But I also know that I need quiet time to counter that. The quiet meditative time, when I still the monkey mind chatter. I also know that my sweetie and I need quiet time together. As a couple, we need time to just be.

I’ve written about my friend’s camp before.  That special Zen oasis she calls the Flying Alligator, less than an hour from my home.  It’s perched on a quiet bluff overlooking a mighty river. The Atchafalaya River is one of the deepest rivers in the world, and from her pier I can sit and watch its fast moving current flow by for hours. It’s too fast for waterskiers or even fishermen, so only occasionally does a boat go by. You don’t see other homes or people from that pier. You can only see the mighty ancient trees that line its banks. It’s a real connection to the past as we quietly sit and listen to the sounds of nature surrounding us.

This is how this spot has looked for eons. We watch the eagles and the hawks and the rosy-headed spoonbills soaring high in the sky, as well as the tiny chickadee hopping on the branch that shades the pier. We’re in the middle of the Atchafalaya Basin  which is the largest swamp in the country and it still feels primal. I’ve seen migratory geese flying over so high in the sky they looked like hundreds of shimmering ribbons that undulated with wind currents; those ribbons appearing and disappearing depending on the wings catching the glow of the sun on their journey.

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Connie McLeod

Connie Mcleod is a: Creativity Coach, Greenview Designs; Art Director; Designer; Marketer; Blogger; Speaker and Group Facilitator; Foodie and Wine Lover; World Traveler


Saturday 18th of January 2014

I moved to the beach and learned that I still have to work and do everything needed to live!

Sometimes it was easier to do nothing in the midst of the Upper West Side of Manhattan!

Connie McLeod

Sunday 19th of January 2014

Pia, it's a tough life, but someone's got to do it. I'm willing to try to live at the beach, hard though it may be! LOL

Connie McLeod

Thursday 16th of January 2014

Kathy,Thanks! Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to do.

Kathy @ SMART Living

Thursday 16th of January 2014

Hi Connie...this is a lovely post. I so agree with the statement by the Dalai Lama, "“the recipe for happiness is pretty simple, sleep well, eat well, meditate and connect with people who value your opinion.” And I also agree with your thoughts of sitting quietly with your husband...

Thanks for these thoughts...Kathy

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