The Benefits of Wasted Time

The Benefits of Wasted Time

This week’s inspiration is about a topic we don’t like to talk about – wasting time. Even writing the words causes me to wince.

Who likes to waste time?

Yet, whether we admit it or not, we do. Here’s the thought that both inspired and comforted me:

Thank goodness!

I ran across that sentiment about the same time as winter made its first official appearance with a round of snow. I had great plans for the day but decided to pitch them and enjoy watching Mother Nature’s handiwork.

As the tiny flakes of that white fluffy stuff blanketed my world, I took extra time with my coffee, my morning quiet time readings, and began snapping a few photos of my yard’s transformation.

My father called these kinds of days, LID days or, “Let It Develop” days, where you meander through the day with no set agenda. He cherished those purposely unplanned days used to piddle in his workshop, putt around the garden or otherwise do whatever the day revealed as its opportunities.

No to-do lists. No schedule. No clock watching or timers.

Let. It. Develop.

And, Bertrand Russell would add, “Enjoy it!”

Although I wasn’t expecting any benefits, I discovered several. At the end of the day, I felt restored–somehow more content, centered, and ready to face the hectic week I had ahead. Perhaps my yard wasn’t the only one transformed that day!

How about you? Have you experienced the benefits of “wasting time?” Tell me about it. I’d love to know.

My best – always,

Becky  (Neehah! Note the new name!)

P.S. A big thank you to all who joined me at for Baltimore County Library’s Writers’ Roundtable and book signing. What a great evening! I learned so much from the other panelists. (Yes, I had my “casual” gold boots on!)

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