Sit and do nothing — better.
You don’t know how hard this is for me. To do nothing! Forget about the better part. The word “better” implies you’ve been able to do “nothing” some time in the past. Or that you can do nothing “better” than someone else.
To “Do Nothing” means to restrain yourself. Refrain from acting or reacting. To sit and let nothing be your guide.
I try. And I’m a miserable failure. Anything but that, I say to my Self. Let me walk on hot coals, lie on a bed of nails, endure the Chinese water torture drill night after night. But sit and do nothing? It’s nerve-wracking. Uncomfortable. Unnatural. For me, at least.
But, that’s exactly what’s been missing in my life. The message has been smacking me up side my head more and more these days. If I only took the time to listen. To stop “doing” long enough to let it sink in. Let Life just be without a klutz like me believing my intervention’s needed. Or what I say or do could possibly improve the path of another sentient being who’s being guided by a Higher Force.
Do no thing. Take no action. Let the thing be. Be with the thing without a desire to rescue, help or believe the most compassionate “thing” you could do is take action to perhaps guide or encourage it. Whatever the “it” is. There are times when doing nothing is not just the best thing to do, it’s the only one that the Fates require, that a Higher Force wants done in that moment. To do no harm, perhaps. To allow silence and non-intervention work in an emptiness offering sanctuary, a fortress of solitude, a quiet that another desperately needs.
And so, I will try more to do less. Reserve my energy. Do nothing until or unless some emergency cries out for the marines to land on some distant shore. Let a situation enfold without any prodding. And for a friendly person to find a solution within. Without my outside help.
I’ll leave you alone, now. To sit and do nothing. And try to do it better than I have ever done before. I’ll miss you. I’ll miss the feeling of getting my two-cents worth in, cracking a joke, relieving my own insecurities by pretending to care only for another’s anxieties and fears.
Sit and do nothing better, michael j.