Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.
-Winnie the Pooh
Just let those words sink in for a moment.
Does that make your stomach knot up as you think of all the things on your “to do” list?
Or does it feel you with a sense of relief? The feeling of relaxing in a hammock underneath palm trees with the ocean breeze gently caressing your face. Nowhere to be and nothing to do. Nothing but enjoying this present moment.
We live in a fast-paced world. A world of go, go, go. Do.do.do.
I know that I often fall into that trap. I am your “typical” type A Virgo who likes checking things off of her lists and wants her shiny gold stars.
But inside all that chasing doesn’t really feel good. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t have goals and aspirations. I think those are good things. They make us push out of our comfort zones and grow.
It’s all about balance.
Taking the time for Doing Nothing.
Of listening to all the things you can’t hear.
Silence. Stillness. Quieting your mind.
Do you know that most of the things that you worry about often don’t happen? And in the things that do (and yes, awful things do happen), you often find a strength that you never knew you had. Things that force you to live in the moment, to keep taking one step forward, until finally you emerge on the other side.
Today I hope that you carve out a moment of stillness. It doesn’t have to be long. Just a moment of Doing Nothing. Of quieting your mind. Of being present in Now.
Let your light shine!
*going forward my Tuesday Truth series will come out once a month on the Third Tuesday of the month. I was trying to write them every week and then would miss here and there when life came calling, so in the vein of hoping for more consistency in 2020, I’ve decided to give them a specific home.