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Think Some Days Are a Waste of Time? Think Again

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I used to think of days when I got nothing important done a big waste of time. Days full of errands like laundry, grocery shopping, post office, drug store, and housecleaning felt like precious time spent on irritating necessities. That is, until I stumbled on this message from the prophet Zechariah: “Never despise the day of little things.”

The tone I heard in the prophet’s voice was akin to “Don’t you dare do that.”  There’s no explanation given of why we shouldn’t, but after I stopped thinking of anything – including doing nothing – as a waste of time, I began to understand why.

Nothing is Unimportant

On any given day, what happens is far more important than what meets our eye.  In retrospect, I now see how the most uneventful days of my life were brewing the most exciting opportunities, leading me to the conclusion that everything serves to further.  What may look like a wasteful day may very well be the opening of opportunities for something miraculous to appear, making everything that happens – even if it feels like nothing – very important; never to be despised.

Watch Where Your Mind Wanders

On days of little things, I always watch where my mind wanders and I never argue with a hunch.  I never do today what intuition suggests strongly I do tomorrow.  I see everything and everyone who crosses my path as given to me for my own good, and whatever crosses my mind I follow.  If I think of someone, I give them a call or write them a letter.  If a book on the shelf catches my eye, that’s the call I hear to read.  Watch where your mind wanders on days of little things.  Divine surprises await you.

Be Thankful for What You Can’t See Yet

While the future holds promises of mysterious good and anything can happen overnight, I do believe when everything seems to be going wrong, in reality, it’s going right.  There is divine order in what to us looks like chaos, and big opportunities and true success often slide in when least expected.  Wait in the calm strength of patience and the time will fulfill itself, and don’t be fooled by how dark it is before dawn.  Whatever you need to know will be revealed to you at the right time if you don’t despise the day of little things.

Until next week, think about this:  The monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. -- Einstein

Karol Jackowski, Ph.D., became a nun in 1964. She's also been a college administrator, graduate of New York University, manager of a toy store, author of eight books, painter of religious folk art, and sister to everyone she meets. Please visit her website at KarolJackowski.com.

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Comments (6)

  • This was wonderful validation for me. I never consider a day wasted, although many people I know do. I enjoy my down time doing whatever I want. Good to know at least one philosopher agrees with me! :)

  • I suspect God agrees with you too.

  • Beautiful and deeply important. The world and the media focuses on big events and dramatic changes but everything starts small and there is magic in what is subtle and quiet. Thanks!

  • I have been an advocate of doing nothing and not feeling guilty about time wasted. I always have to remind my sister when she says 'I wasted yesterday by just sitting around ", no day is ever wasted, you should feel no guilt. Great message.

  • There is no need for validation when our convictions bear good fruit. The fruit is bounty enough. But, oh how sweeter still to find that in the solitude of self we find we aren't alone.

    My own journey has been one woven by unseen hands. A spiritual tapestry where the mantle of sacredness enfolds the past, the present and all things. The holiness of days came to surface when I embraced the concept of "prayer without ceasing". Initially, I 'understood' the concept in a very superficial way, thinking how impossible it would be to pray every second. Understanding eventually gave way to meaning, and in that "aha!" moment I got it.

    You've 'got it' too. (and all this time I thought it was just me)

  • Hi,
    This message came in really handy. I'm struggling with a lot of free time of doing nothing. After reading your article, I realize that doing nothing sometimes is required to get ready for bigger things. Thanks for your insight.

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