Many years ago when I was still trudging to Corporate America, I would get up thirty minutes to an hour earlier than I needed to so that I could have a cup of coffee on the porch and do… well… nothing.
I sat with nothing to read, nothing to watch, nothing to listen to. I sipped coffee and allowed my mind to just wander wherever it had a mind to. Some of the most incredible nuggets of truth, wisdom, inspiration and creativity came during those times.
As I made my exit from the Corporate jungle, I left my morning ritual in my rearview mirror as well. Honestly, I can’t even tell you why. Perhaps I thought I no longer needed it. Whatever the reason, I traded in my porch and morning for two hits of the snooze followed by morning news while got ready for my day.
There were times when I contemplated my returning to my morning routine but it was all I could do to drag myself out of bed at the last minute. I’m NOT a morning person. One night I decided to bite the bullet. I set my clock thirty minutes early and programmed my coffee maker to have my java ready. And so it was that I re-instituted my morning ritual of doing nothing.
I learned a lot from doing this that I’d like to share.
1) Taking that time actually gave time back. Before I took my nothing time, it seemed I could never get going in time to not rush to work. Since then, it takes less time to get ready, less time to get to work and I’m always early. Nope, I don’t understand it either.
2) The less I think, the more I know. When I’m still and my mind just freely wanders, incredible insights pop into my mind.
4) Being still brings peace. When I take that time, I don’t fret about things. I know they will work out.
I’m so glad I found my long lost friend of being alone with myself and doing nothing. It’s the most productive half hour of my day. You should try it too. Seriously. Tomorrow. You’ll be glad you did.
What do you do to just “be”? Do you do it every day? What impact does it have on your life? Share it here.