Daily Riches: Do Nothing … and then Rest (Anne Wilson Schaef, Soren Kierkegaard and Mary Oliver)

I find it rather difficult to rest well – I’m around people when I work, but I’m not around people enough when I rest. To “hang out”, chat, do nothing in particular. So I work when I’m not working. I read, I study, I have writing projects. When I go out for a walk, there’s got to be purpose to it – I take my camera, or I walk somewhere to do something, not just to be under blue sky and breathe. Rest is difficult for me. I want to study rest like others study work skills. I need to learn it. I think too many of us grow up being told we’re “lazy” when we’re actually the ones who know how to rest. Then we unlearn it. And it’s hard to get that skill back.

(Thanks Bill for your quotes and thoughts!)

Richer By Far

“How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward.”  Spanish proverb

“For many of us the thought of doing nothing is terrifying. We can’t imagine what life would be like if we were not slaving away at our projects. Not to have our projects waiting for us is like trying to live with parts missing. We have become so dependent upon the security of the next project that they are not longer our projects. We are owned by them. Workaholics often experience some depression when they complete a task. Instead of dealing with the natural feeling of letdown, we overlap completion with a new beginning. Hence, like the relationship addict, we never have to deal with separation or beginnings and endings. In fact, we never have to deal with anything.” Anne Wilson Schaef

“The press of busyness is like a charm. It is sad to observe how its…

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2 Responses to Daily Riches: Do Nothing … and then Rest (Anne Wilson Schaef, Soren Kierkegaard and Mary Oliver)

  1. Bill Britton says:

    Anyushka, I love what you wrote on this as well, especially “I think too many of us grow up being told we’re “lazy” when we’re actually the ones who know how to rest. Then we unlearn it. And it’s hard to get that skill back…” Thx for reblogging me and keep up your writing!

  2. anyushka says:

    Thanks :). And thanks for all the good thoughts!!

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