The Beauty of Doing Nothing

Hey, thanks for reading this article from my blog. It’s been a month plus and I have not updated my blog or recorded a new podcast episode.


I was away on holiday for 2 weeks back in my home city Kuala Lumpur. During the 2 weeks, I dined, shopped, had massages and caught up with my many good friends. My son was looked after by my hubby and mother in law back in my second home, Switzerland.


In essence, I did nothing that was considered ‘productive’ by people who are busy or people that believe taking time off is illegal...lol.


But guess what the beauty of doing nothing has motivated me to write my blog again and I now have many ideas on how I want to conduct my coaching business. So the ‘off’ time I have utilized actually has helped me to be effective in the 2nd half of 2019.


Many well-known global leaders take time off to re-charge and do nothing. Barack Obama is known for that, Bill Gates and many others that I can’t recall. According to science, it's good for you in many ways (https://leaderonomics.com/leadership/take-time-to-recharge)

Although I am no global leader, I am the leader of my life and I have a responsibility to ensure that I am taking care of myself so that I can take good care of others. And in actual fact, I was not doing nothing...I was living. I felt like a tourist in my own home city and I saw the hustle and bustle of the city folks and counted my lucky stars that I could enjoy the beauty of doing nothing.


In fact, I was so immersed in living that I did not really focus or log on to social media that much. Doing nothing can be staying away from social media.


Anyone can practice doing nothing. You can start by giving 30 minutes to yourself each day to just stare into space and stay away from any work or household chores. Instead of thinking and telling yourself that you should, or need ‘to do’ something to be worthy or contributing, change your thinking to that you are valuable as you are by doing nothing.


Doing nothing is a form of self care as it allows you to live in the moment, savoring the pleasure of just being not doing.

I leave you with this quote from Eat Pray Love

Il bel far niente means 'the beauty of doing nothing'... [it] has always been a cherished Italian ideal. The beauty of doing nothing is the goal of all your work, the final accomplishment for which you are most highly congratulated. The more exquisitely and delightfully you can do nothing, the higher your life's achievement. You don't necessarily need to be rich in order to experience this, either.”


Elizabeth Gilbert,Eat, Pray, Love

ps: Because I am practicing the beauty of doing nothing, I am not going to word count this blog post or future blog posts anymore to meet a word count criteria that I have set for myself. Because as always, quality over quantity eh.

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