The Value of Nothing

“There is never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” I love that quote by Bill Waterson. There is great value in just sitting and doing nothing, while your mind runs free. For a few hours yesterday, that was me. The others were out, some at Splash Mountain, and others away playing putt- putt and shopping.

It had been my intention to get some writing done while everyone was out, but, it didn’t happen. I just sat down and did nothing. It was quite and absent constant movement. The opportunity to write, without interruption was there, but, I just sat and did nothing. I admit that for a moment, I felt guilty and anxious, but only for a moment. I soon found myself enjoying “Nothing.”

This joy of doing nothing was short lived, a few hours at the most. The others soon returned and the “Nothing” was gone. As I reflect on yesterday’s Nothing, I realize that the great value of doing Nothing is found in the great abundance of our always doing Something in our life. There will never be enough time for doing Nothing because life has a way of forcing you to do Something. That’s just the way life is. Maybe that is why the Psalmist said in Psalm 46: 10, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Just think about it, while doing “Nothing.”


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