When was the last time you wasted time? When you were “wasting time,” did you feel joyful and creative, or — if you’re like me, did you feel even a tiny bit guilty for “being unproductive?”
How much better might it have been? How much more would you have enjoyed your time — how much more would you have gotten out of it — if you didn’t feel guilty about it or feel the need to explain it?
Here’s a fact: downtime is vital to our lives.
As human beings, we often find ourselves caught in the never-ending cycle of productivity, constantly striving to achieve more.
Contrary to popular belief, wasting time can actually be beneficial for our overall well-being. However, wasting time poorly is a sin (or whichever word you prefer) because not only are you forgoing the productivity, generosity, and art that comes from work, but you’re also giving up the experimentation, creativity, and joy that comes from wasting time.
If you’re going to waste time (and I hope you will), please do it well; and find inspiration by nurturing your butterflies within.