By Lisa Cypers Kamen.
How many decisions do you make in a day?
From fast food, to text meetings to tweets that blow up our phone we are inundated with media. Compounding that, we live in a world full of choices – more so than any other time in history. From our hairspray to our hamburgers, it seems that the more we seek the more choices we have.
Choices can empower us and choices can overwhelm us. In our instant gratification society, where the choices come fast and furious, where do we begin in making the choices that impact our daily lives?
I would like to offer to you the notion that sometimes choice is best served by choosing to do nothing. There are days that seemingly never end and for those days I choose rest. Yes, you heard me, I choose rest. I shut off the computers and the TV. I unplug my kids from their iPods and their Playstations. I close the curtains on the chilly day, build a fire and I rest. My kids rest with me. And for a few precious hours we are just in a state of being.
No music. No TV. No books to read. No talking. When this happens, I find that we all end up on one couch under one blanket. One family resting. It’s at these still moments that I feel the energy of my family. I feel the love that binds us. It doesn’t last long as the bickering soon begins between my kids, but for that brief moment in time when all is quiet, our bodies recharge.
Soon we are back to our baseball, riding lessons, and trumpet recitals lives and the days pass in a blur. But from time to time, one of my secrets to happiness is to stop. Choose to do nothing and in it you begin to find everything you need.