The art of doing nothing is not so easy

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I am a writer. That is my gift. I own that truth. Are there any truths you need to own?

Last week was a struggle. Every, single, day! Have you had a week like that? If you’re a mom, I know you have. I won’t bore you with specifics, but seriously, everything went haywire. Work, kids, husband … everything!

Friday finally came, as slowly as it always does. Sleep called my name louder than my five-year-old son when the remote control batteries go dead. And thankfully, the weekend looked promising, especially since the rain-soaked softball fields surely meant my daughter’s Saturday morning practice was cancelled. Hey, I know I’m not the only mom who relishes in cancelled practices.

And while the thought of doing absolutely nothing seemed appealing, I couldn’t do it.

I am a creative. Give me a smidgen of “free” time, and I write. That is the way I’m wired. While I do agree we mothers need to learn the art of doing nothing, if doing nothing equates to doing something that brings you joy, do it. Life is a gift. You’ll get more out of it if you fill it with joy.

And that is the whole truth.

Dorothy H. Price is a wife and mother of two. Her first picture book will be published later this year. Find her on Twitter @dorothyhp.