Don’t just do something. Sit there.
~John Kabat Zinn
It’s Day 13. You’ve been pondering and working hard thus far on new or revisited ideas to shift the trajectory of your life. Action, action, action is necessary, if you are going to make the difference you hope to make.
The clever quote above reminds you, though, that you don’t always have to be doing something. Sometimes you need to take a break and just be for a while.
Blaise Pascal went even further. “All humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Kurt Vonnegut chimed in, “I am a human being, not a human doing.”
You must do to achieve in the world, but you must learn to be occasionally if you want all you’re doing to have an impact.
So, today your mission is to do nothing related to your goals and dreams. Set them aside. Focus on drinking in the people, places, and things around you.
Oddly enough, the universe often rewards our relaxation with new insights not afforded to those who push the pedal to the metal without breaks. The writer and artist William S. Burroughs confirms this principle, “Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”
Relax and enjoy your day off!