"I recently read an article by Trudy Boyle entitled The Art of Moodling. Here is an excerpt – “I always forget how important the empty days are, how important it may be sometimes not to expect to produce anything, even a few lines in a journal. A day when one has not pushed oneself to the limit seems a damaged, damaging day, a sinful day. Not so! The most valuable thing one can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of a room.” - Poet May Sarton Source: Journal of a Solitude on the Importance of Rest"
There is a lot to her entire piece, but my big take away is about giving ourselves permission to not be productive or doing things all the time. The messages I was getting for most of my life were there is always something that needs to be done whether work related or household chores. The question is, how is that good for us? Maybe not so much.
Taking a day or a few hours for a walk in nature, having a favorite cup of tea or coffee while pondering the wonders of the universe, reading something just for fun, etc., etc., etc.
I speak of this as it applies big time to myself. Due to those messages I referred to, I have found it difficult to take a day to do nothing of consequence other than enjoyment. Whenever there is a day with seemingly nothing needing to be done, I don’t fully flow with it. In the back of my mind is the thought, I can’t just do nothing. There must be something around here I can tend to.
Trudy’s article seemed to give me the permission to give myself permission to spend the day moodling or noodling (my word). Moodling activities can be rejuvenating, invigorating, fun, joyful, healing. They can give us a burst of vitality and inspiration.
To paraphrase Winnie the Pooh, it might be time to go along doing nothing, listening to the things we cannot hear, noticing new things and not bothering or bothering if we choose. Really, it’s good for us.
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After listening to my morning dose of news – some Canadian, some U.S. some world -my thought was, “Good grief! What has happened to us (meaning the universal us)? While it seems that parts of the world have hit all time lows, there is still goodness if we notice. So many questions ran through my mind. What can be done? How can some of the atrocities be fixed? What can one person do? Then a number of “what ifs” occurred to me.
What if people decided to live true to their values and virtues? What if these values included tolerance, respect, kindness, compassion, good will, peace, gratitude, helping others? What difference could it make if only one person or a small group of people lived that way? What if living that way activated the Butterfly Effect? A man named Fichte in 1800 wrote,
“You could not remove a single grain of sand from its place without thereby … changing something throughout all parts of the immeasurable whole.” So, then, what if we change the question from what if to “why not?”
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Have you ever considered the usefulness of a pause? That pause can come in many forms and sizes. They may be taking a break from a busy, stressful schedule or as big as a life changing event like the pandemic. How we perceive, manage, deal with these “pauses” from our usual lives is the point. What if we looked at these disruptions in our lives through a different lens, from a different perspective? We might be able to see the lessons, the positive, the good that is waiting for us to notice beneath the surface of immediate reactions. When life happens, when stuff happens, it just might be the time for a useful pause.