December 17, 2012

Do Nothing Monday




Doing nothing is just as important as doing something. 

In order to make life better, sometimes it is not a case of doing more. Sometimes gains are attained by doing less.

Even in a simple life it is necessary to remind one's self to slow down, stop, and, do nothing.


Keeping Quiet
Pablo Neruda


And now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still...

For once on the face of the earth
let's not speak in any language,
let's stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engineers,
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victory with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
(Life is what it is about,
I want no truck with death.)

If we were not so singleminded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.

Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seemed dead
and later proves to be alive.

Now I'll count up to twelve,
and you keep quiet and I will go.


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