When it is time to take some time away, to have a vacation, to rest, relax, and rejuvenate we tend to gravitate toward activities that we enjoy and to spend time with people we enjoy being around. But part of what makes a vacation a vacation or that makes time away revitalizing is to spend at least part of it not doing anything. Time spent unfocused, not striving toward any goal, no matter how much we enjoy the physical or mental engagement, is as essential to our well-being as focused relaxation. This drifting can be as difficult to achieve as activities more demanding, yet one should not avoid some passive time, just for oneself, if one is hoping for complete relief from the stresses and obligations of everyday life. Doesn’t that make sense to you?
I’m off to drift, unfocused, on the tide for a couple of weeks. I’ll be in touch when I return.