How often do you let your mind wander?
In this age of short deadlines and overextended schedules where there is considerable cachet attached to being busy, few people leave themselves time to do nothing.
Yes, some will take a break from work and do some leisurely reading, tidy up the house, or catch up on the news. But how many of us actually allow ourselves the luxury of kicking back and staring off into space, or taking a casual stroll to a beautiful place to enjoy the quiet? No devices. No information to absorb. No pressure. Just a time to quiet the mind and shut out the noise of everyday life.
I am certainly not the first person to discuss the value of mental downtime, but I was reminded of its importance today as I shared a quote from author J.R.R. Tolkien on our social media channels:
“Not all who wander are lost.”
Indeed. Those who take even a few minutes each day to free their minds will find the break rejuvenating and extremely valuable.
As a writer, I also find that inspiration strikes in these quiet moments. I discover the right wording for passages I had struggled with or come up with a new way to present an idea. On an average workday, there is just too much mental clutter in the way of clear thought, so letting my mind wander actually brings insight that I might never have arrived at without those precious few minutes of silence. As a businessperson, you may very well have the same experience.
A Friday afternoon in the summer seems the ideal time for a post about doing nothing. Here’s hoping that we can all find some time this weekend to wander and let our minds unwind.