How bad is it to do nothing?
Is it really worth struggling for life?
There are so many concepts about life that I have a tough job to narrow it down and extract some ideas. It will be anyway, no more than a personal view about life and how I see it on the long run. As a lazy person I have always tried to make my life as simple as possible but I have always had the feeling that I could have done more even though the people around me see me as such.
Our mind plays tricks on us, that’s why we are never satisfied about whatever we might be doing! The cause of our misery, the way see it, lays within our human nature and the need of socializing. This is the bad seed! Some people might say about me that I am not a social person, that I am flawed in some way, that I am no good…. all these things might be true if we anchored them in a simple personal reality but the big question comes now:
What is the best way of analizing and judging things?
Any answer to this question is TRUE !!!
It is only about how we percieve the world around us and how we make the best out of it to ourselves! The only trick to it is that we are wrong if we think that our way is the only way.
Coming back to our first question – how bad is it to do nothing? – I would like to dive into this concept by making reference to some old ideas that had been thought of and developed over the years by many societies. This has started as an outlet to burnout and exhaustion but not only. It has roots in the ancient times – showing the need for personal development and self-knowledge.
NIKSEN – is the Dutch way of doing nothing
It is considered to be the art form of personal fulfilment through lack of productive activity and social interaction instead. It has been proven that not only the people are more productive after NIKSEN but also more happy! This translates into a beneficial outcome throughout the whole society as a paradox. On the same principle – Less is more, motto – has been developed.
ZEN, MEDITATION and MINDFULNESS – are ways that Budhism has brought into attention in countries like China and Japan
They are designed to clam yourself down, start appreciating everything that surrounds you and look deeper inside yourself! Even though the practice is not difficult, the exercising is close to impossible, especially in the western countries as they never STOP. It is imperrative to take a break from time to time. The oriental societies are considered to be more resilient to daily life struggle as they take time to unwind and do some meditation instead. Burnout and stress are the biggest enemies of our times and the only remedy stands besides us, quietly, inviting you to just take a break, do nothing and enjoy life.
It sounds pretty crazy, doesn’t it?
Siesta and Sauna – are the Spanish and Finish ways of unwinding and relaxing. They bring joy and happiness and guess what?
You don’t have to do anything!!!
Moving on to some other crazy concepts for a fulfiled, happy and stress-free life I have to be honest with you that I was pretty surprised to find out that this is a highly embraced concept allover the world.
HYGGE – is the Danish way of enjoying time and space together
WABI-SABI – is the Japanese way of accepting imperfection – appreciating beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent and incomplete in nature”. It teaches us the principles of “asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and the appreciation of both natural objects and the forces of nature”.
GESELLIGHEID (Dutch) and LAGOM (Swedish) – are ways of accepting everything as it is. Something along the lines of moderate.
Well, these are just a few ways that express the main idea of doing nothing and in the end it doesn’t sound too crazy to “struggle” to be “lazy”. Of course, our society is always vigilant on banning and altering this small concept of freedom as individualism is considered to be the wrong approach towards progress. Many men, many minds.
Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to take a break!