This week’s prompt is Nothing.

Christopher Robin talks about doing nothing. It’s something he loves to do. But he says that once he goes to school, he won’t do nothing much anymore. Adults have trouble doing nothing. We always feel as though we must be efficient and productive. Children (at least when they are away from technology for long enough) excel at just be-ing. I need to do nothing more, because actually it is something. It’s called rest.

Even if you are running around the back yard with your kids or meandering through the neighborhood on a spontaneously walk or drive, it can be rest. A time of unstructured activity that has no set purpose or agenda. A time that is not about what you do, but who you do it with. Sometimes I feel like I have to quantify everything. Do we do enough useful things today? Did I produce something, clean something or impact knowledge? Did we do letters and numbers, teach life skills and have the necessary outside time to encourage proper development?

My days are filled with these kind of questions. But kids don’t ask these things. They just live and sometimes they have goals and sometimes they are just seeing what happens, spontaneous scientist without method or documentation.

“When grownups ask you what you’re going to do, and you say nothing and then you go out and do it.” I need more of this in my life. Maybe you do too.

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