- “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”—Winnie the Pooh
As we enter the anniversary of lockdown, we should all be expert in “doing nothing” by now. We were reminded of the joys of “nothing” by the charming film “Christopher Robin” (see trailer above) which provide a fanciful frolic as a device to portray as many Taoist pearls of wisdom from this honey-loving, literary icon.
- “Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”—Winnie the Pooh
For all of the measures of social distancing, face masking, sanitizing, etc, one of the most effective measures to contain the outbreak has been to hunker down at home and do nothing. And in the growing cacophony of social media intruding more and more into our lives and sanity, just “doing nothing” by not rat-holing, not responding, etc. can be the healthiest response to some of that toxicity.
Doing nothing has not just saved lives, but has also enhanced many lives. This “time out” pause is one of the silver lining to the clouds of pandemic that have stormed across our lives this past year.
Jenny Odell explores this Pooh-esque perspective in her article “Jenny Odell on Why We Need to Learn to Do Nothing: ‘It’s a Reminder That You’re Alive’
- “Finding solace in nature is not a new idea, but its sense of escape is increasingly necessary for our survival, says Odell. She has previously likened it to ‘a wastewater treatment for my brain’ – if not clearing it of ‘debris and noise and worry’, at least making her conscious of it. ‘You really can’t see it unless you step aside,’ she says now…”
May your days be packed with just the right amount of nothing.
- “What I like best is just doing nothing.” —Christopher Robin