Dare to do nothing
Did you ever think about just drifting in life with no actual purpose or goals? Some people are extremely committed to their jobs and find little time for recreation and fun. The author has self designed a program or mode of life that focuses on learning to do nothing, just understand this is her opinion and her way of spending her time. As you read her thoughts in many areas you decide if this is right for you.
A collage it mosaic painting created by the author of her life as she sees it and shares it with readers. First read chapters 1 and 2 to understand the rules she’s created for everyone for doing nothing. Chapters 5 and 6 focus on optimal career choices that emphasize doing nothing: she suggests areas of study: psychiatrist, someone as she states and I quote: his primary duty was pretending to listen to his client’s woes. For the amount of money therapists charge, you could listen to anything. Continuing her points on pages 50-52 . Next she explains her perspectives and opinions about nutritionists and how tempted she was at one time to go back to school to learn it. But she did not read why. Next she analyzes s job as a movie critic then inventor. Chapter 6 deals with job choices if the future is now: working in a video store, photo developer, hostess in a restaurant, extra on a movie set, working in a bank, valet service, stealing from a casino and more. You decide if you agree with her thoughts. Then the tragedy of mistaking hobbies for potential jobs. Wait till you read about her short stint at the department of investigation. That actually sounds interesting. Cooking job and the last day. The occasional snags to doing nothing: read pages 89-94 to understand what to avoid plus part 2 more serious snag: law enforcement.
I enjoyed the chapter on sports and other activities because I love walking, golf to watch no so much to play I did . Swimming, watching sports live is okay if you can swim. Betting on sports, bike riding and the rest read and decide for yourself. The chaise doing nothing at Starbucks and other neighborhood locations is hysterical. Read the 2 rules on page 115 so you are prepared . Living with significant other, vacationing a true art form: she describes places and how and why to avoid trips at all times. Some valid points. Chapter 14 is important: the importance of sleep to ensure a relaxed soul.
So is doing nothing genetic or hereditary? Do upbringing and learned behavior play a part in the urge to do nothing? Question she asks: what makes us long to do nothing? Or the opposite: what drives us to be productive? Does our upbringing impact our thinking which explains why I chose the second question as my goal. She elaborates with incidents with her family members. Next the importance of appearing busy and finally the Doing nothing in2020 explains the impact of the virus on her personal life throughout the year. How she spent each month and what happens when she thinks she might have the virus and her final thoughts: a return to really nothing in 2021 and for many years to come is her goal. Except for the four exceptions to the rule she hopes the book inspires other to do the same. Filled with real life stories , humor and tons of reasons she feels that doing nothing is better than anything and reminding everyone that this past year we all suffered and she had time to do a little introspection and remember her philosophy on life. She wrote this book and using tongue and cheek looked and viewed the importance of not trying too hard in life. Up yo you the reader to agree or disagree: are achievements overrate? They do require efforts and she states that we go around once and should focus on having a great time. Much to think about as each chapter can be part of a panel of a mosaic painting that the reader can picture as you close your eyes and visualize some of the incidents described, situations she encountered and formulate your own opinions. Would you like to do nothing in life or accomplish something you are passionate about? I did . Great for book club discussions, family talks and just enjoyment.
Fran Lewis:just reviews