In our new-age “go, go, go” environment, it is very uncommon that we have periods of complete in-activity. I know from my experience, I am usually always concerned with how “productive” I am being with my day. I go from task to task, and from job to job from dawn till dusk. Now I see productivity as a good thing, considering that the tasks we are engaged in are moving us towards goals and visions we truly want. But when do we ever just sit and do absolutely nothing productive or purposeful? For me the answer to that question is a resounding NEVER! Until this last fortnight.
I am currently working 3-4 jobs, and am in a position where I sometimes go a week or two without a day off. I do this by choice because I really enjoy the extra “above and beyond” jobs. But this can and did come at a cost. I got sick for the first time in a couple of years and was off work for 5 days straight. I was basically forced to do absolutely nothing, and just rest. This generally rubs me the wrong way, and I struggle to keep myself from doing productive things. But what I realised, is my body was trying to tell me something. It was sounding an alarm by reducing my immune system and allowing my body to be swept up with a throat infection. My body was begging for rest.
So I “allowed myself” to just sit on the couch and do nothing. I played so much Tiger Woods and Diablo 2 (xbox and computer games) that I remembered what it was like to be a 16 yr old on school holidays again. Whilst this was an initial mental battle, because my mind was trying to tell me that I was wasting time and I wasn’t being productive, I eventually relaxed and began to enjoy the time being completely idle. I forgot about my goals and visions, work, money etc. And guess what……it was all ok! All of those things were still there 5 days later. I didn’t turn into a slob. I just completely regenerated and gained my enthusiasm back.
So next time you are in a position where you are forced to be unproductive and idle, take it in your stride and realise that all states of being have a purpose. All circumstances occur to help you, providing you are paying attention. Even when it seems like it is the wrong situation for you, take a second look and try to see the hidden gift you have been given.