Too many times we find ourselves struggling to wait a few seconds at a stoplight, a few minutes in a store line, a few hours at the airport, and a few years at a passion.
This lacking, caused by a patience deficiency is responsible for more crushed dreams, hopes, and ambitions than any other single cause in this universe (well maybe other than a hole of destruction in some galaxy far off).
Its a sad reality, and its only getting worse as newer and future generations are growing less and less patient with the continued exponential growth of freely available instant gratification: music, movies, books, games, communication all available online at the touch of a fingertip.
So what can we do to fix the situation? Make time to do absolutely nothing.
When was the last time you spent time solely devoted to just living? For most of us, never, and there lies the problem.
We are all constantly engaged in some conscious activity: talking, eating, thinking, cleaning, working. So when we are forced to not be productive, we find ourselves in a rut, wading through the terribly cold waters of *gasp* waiting.
The very thought of not being able to work on some productive task or action done irritates us to some degree. BUT HERES THE THING: YOU DON’T NEED TO ALWAYS GET SOMETHING DONE.
And better yet, spending some time to do nothing can boost your productivity!
Spend some time sitting outside at a park, or on your porch, and just close your eyes and feel all your senses. Sense the cool air flowing in and out of your nostrils, the warm sun on your skin, the melodious chatter of the birds in the trees. And most importantly: don’t think.
Some call this meditation, others call it relaxation time, but I just call it what it is: doing nothing (by nothing I mean doing no tasks in the conventional sense).
So go ahead, spend some time each day doing nothing. Start out doing it for five minutes, then maybe ten, then maybe fifteen. Whatever floats your boat. Let me know how it goes, I’m eager to hear.