I blame and bless Crocket Johnson's book, Harold and the Purple Crayon for distractions and delights. The story involves the title character who wants to go for a walk at night, but as there is no moon, he draws one. Then, with nowhere to walk, little Harold sketches a
path. You get the concept. My 5th-grade mind whirred with the idea that I, too, could have the power to create a world of my own simply by drawing it.
Letting your mind wander, Sandi Mann, a British psychologist, has said, “makes us more creative, better at problem-solving, better at coming up with creative ideas.” The Dutch have a word for this concept: niksen, or the art of doing nothing.
Pascal once said, “All of humanity’s difficulties are caused by the inability to sit quietly in a room by oneself.”
In a world of non-stop notifications, alerts, beeps and buzzes; where the tv or radio has to be on; in which multi-tasking threatens to simultaneously rob us of energy and get less done... perhaps we need to schedule time to do nothing.
Recently a woman in an online chat group I sometimes contribute to posted this:
Meditation is my go-to, especially when compulsivity gets the best of me. At some point, given enough alone time, and the quiet of meditation, forces the admission that if I still feel so miserable