The Simple Things ~ The Art of Doing Nothing

Idleness, a skill which many of us seem to have lost.

The simple joy of doing nothing. And doing it well.

We’re all so busy doing stuff, some of it important, a lot we only think is important and some we know isn’t important at all yet we still allow it to swallow up our precious time.

Years ago my parents would have insisted that I had idleness down to a Tee, but over the years I lost that skill.

Lately I’ve been actively taking time to do nothing.

Switching off from everything and just….doing nothing.

I’ve listened to the birds sing, wind rustle in the trees and the waves crashing on the shore.

crashing waves

Ran my fingers in and wiggled my toes in the grass

grass and daisys

Lay down watching the clouds drift overhead, chasing winds and changing shape.

in the clouds

And watched the leaves dance in dappled sunlight.


I’ve watched raindrops race each other down a window.

rain drops unsplash

And gazed at birds, thinking of nothing except where they are off to on their travels.

Birds unsplash

When is the last time you actually did nothing.

Just gave yourself and your mind time and permission to de-stress and just wonder and wander?


  1. Or as the Italians say...Dolce Far Niente – the sweetness of doing nothing.
    Lovely post. :)

  2. I love doing nothing, it's great! I also love your photo's, how beautiful!


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