|"Save the World - Do Nothing"|
Think of the personal stress and environmental damage we could avoid if
we did nothing more often.
Many summers ago I was camping with a group of friends, and our music and merriment stretched into the early morning. A woman emerged from the tent on the site next to us. In her house coat, she approached our campfire.
"When do you people stop?" she asked while throwing her hands towards the sky as the stars quietly disappeared.
We all looked at each other and shrugged our shoulders. "Do we stop?" someone honestly asked.
"I don't think we do," another friend observed.
It is the same with our culture of busyness, formerly known as The Rat Race. Now it is just the race.
When do we stop?
People often confuse busyness with doing something.
Lao Tzu, the chilled out Chinese philosopher didn't. Ever mindful, the author that wrote the Tao Te Ching, said, "Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing."
How much of our busyness is doing nothing? Or worse, how much of it is not only unnecessary, but also harmful to ourselves and others?
Since 2008 Linda and I have been experimenting with doing less with less. We stopped the busyness. We started doing more nothing.
Prior to the Great Recession we were already working toward a more peaceful lifestyle. We quit working full time and threw away our planners and day-timers. Thus ended the perpetual multi-tasking state of mind that needs organized distractions in order to recover.
Leisure activities and holidays can be just as busy and frantic as back home. When do we stop? Or even slow down?
Our culture is obsessed with busyness. It is a drug to which many are addicted, and the repercussions prevent us from doing the important work.
Since slowing down we focus on single-tasking. It is a "when eating a banana, just eat the banana" state of mind.