This morning a friend emailed me a link to an article with the subject line "holy freaking crap this is so true." The article was Tim Krieder's "The 'Busy' Trap" from The New York Times, and I had to laugh (and cringe) at the many truths he laid out about our collective busy-ness, which is often self-imposed. It almost seems as if, at least within my circle of friends, family, and colleagues, that we've all become a bit like sharks -- if we stop moving we'll die.
As Krieder writes, "Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets." This reminded me of a vacation argument I've had too many times, with everyone from close friends to my accountant. I love to travel, but in addition to adventurous trips abroad, I'm also a big fan of lazy beach vacations, and I always laugh when people tell me that they couldn't stand to just sit around doing nothing. Why is vacation a competition? What's so wrong with resting your body and mind?
Do you and your family fall into the "busy" trap? If so, what are some things you can do add some do-nothing time into your life?