You may recall the Sinefeld episode where George pitches his idea for a TB show about nothing. There’s been a lot of talk about nothing during this pandemic so I decided why not write about nothing. People say nothing is impossible. Yet, many of us do nothing a lot of the time. Many are also doing something. You know, Zooming, Face Timing, Instagramming, Tick Tocking, webinaring, phoning, etc. Even with all of those -ings, there’s still a lot of nothing to do. Phone conversations are losing some of their lustre. They go something like this, “Hi. How’s it going. Yeah. Ok here, too. Talked to anyone? Me, neither. Missing that neighborhood gossip. Any new projects? Me neither. Okay. By for now. Stay safe.” I suppose that could be depressing if it wasn’t kind of funny. Which it is if you look through the right lens.
I must admit that sprinkled in between the nothing to do times, I have done a number of somethings. I’ve taught a course, taken a couple of courses, listened to a number of webinars, participated in great Water Cooler type chats via Zoom, had phone calls with friends on both sides of the border, made lots of chocolate chip cookies, perfected the brewing of a new organic coffee. The cookies and coffee are great companions when there’s nothing to do, which, of course, is different from doing nothing. And would you believe I have not gained any weight? Honest to goodness truth. That’s a goofy expression of redundancy. Wonder where it came from. . That could be a nice little research project when I am doing nothing.
I could prattle on ad nauseum about nothing, but what’s the point. You get the picture Besides you probably have lots of your own nothing. So, I will leave you with the pandemicesque words of Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin.
"How do you do Nothing?" asked Pooh, after he had wondered for a long time. "Well, it's when people call out at you just as you're going off to do it, What are you going to do, Christopher Robin, and you say, Oh nothing, and then you go about to do it.""Oh, I see," said Pooh."This is a nothing sort of thing that we're doing now.""Oh, I see," said Pooh again."It means we're just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering."
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