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Friday, September 25, 2009

Perfecting the art of doing nothing!

I'm in Cleveland! If this trip were to end right now, it would already be worth the trip. (And the best part hasn't even begun yet!) It has been truly wonderful. The train ride was sublime (you meet the most amazing people on a train), wandering around Chicago was delightful, meeting Connie and Sandy and Christine was everything I dreamed of and more, meandering along the shoreline of Cleveland was magical, and relaxing in the hotel room has been rejuvenating.

It's been perfect timing, because Jamie Ridler's book club "The Next Chapter" is studying "The Joy Diet" and the first chapter is about adding a little more of "nothing" into our lives. I've added it in big doses in the last few days. Sitting and staring out the train window, wandering aimlessly down the streets of 2 new cities... it's all been a lot of joyful "nothing", but EVERYTHING at the same time.

I know it will be whole lot harder to find 15 minute snippets in my day-to-day life to continue the practice of doing nothing, but for now, I'm certainly enjoying what I've got. One day at a time.

There are a whole lot more photos to come (Millennium Park is amazing at dusk), but this seemed like a suitable "nothing" shot.

9 comments:

Linnea said...

Enjoy! So wish I was digging, too!

kikipotamus said...

Oh, I'm a BIG FAN of nothing. Good for you. I do hope you can carve out time for nothing in spite of raising a family.

Brandi Reynolds said...

that is a GREAT do nothing photo!

bbb said...

But you're in Cleveland! You could be visiting the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! Wouldn't that go well with your mission? :-)

Perhaps that sari is a bit too off-colour? :-)

Pamela said...

what a gREAT photo.

I do too much of nothing lately.

darrah said...

I'm so glad you made it to Millennium Park! Soak it all in and enjoy your time digging!

Melita said...

oh lucky, lucky you for getting to attend the creative dig workshop. i am jealous! :) i love your take on nothing. it's really amazing how much can come from nothing. looking forward to sharing the truth with you my friend. hugs!!

Liz said...

Can't wait to see your Cleveland photos (my old home town)! I'll settle for your feet in Chicago for now! ;)

By the way, if I had known, it would have been way easier for me to get to Cleveland to meet you than Toronto. At least 3 hours closer.

Lisa said...

It sounds like your experience with nothing were truly wonderful and magical! Ah, trains... they are a such a relaxing way to travel.... I look forward to exploring truth with you!