Saturday, June 30, 2018

Idle moments

People check phones all the time now: At red lights. On commuter-train platforms. In the elevator. While walking down the street.

And all these little stray bits of time are when we used to zone out, stare at what was around us, check our mental to-do lists, mull over what happened at work, or count the days until vacation. Sometimes we daydreamed, and sometimes we eavesdropped on conversations around us.

I wonder if we've lost anything valuable in filling those idle random moments. I've long been a big proponent of the idea that daydreaming, rest, and zoning out are a neecessary part of a creative life, and a healthy life in general. I believe the mind needs time to wander. I've also long been resistant to the notion that we have to be outwardly productive every second.

Maybe I'm wrong, and these idle moments serve no real purpose. But I've been making a conscious effort to go with them when they crop up. To look around me, rather than constantly busying myself. I can't point to a quantifiable output resulting from these moments, but I feel the need to just let them happen.


  1. Hi Jenn,

    I'm with you on this one, but often find myself reaching for my screen. Your post is a reminder to me to just be in those moments. Thank you for that.

    Hope you're having a good summer.

  2. That's why I think dreaming is so important because that's when a part of us is "idle" and seemingly in screensaver mode. There have been many times I've waken up from a dream with a better understanding of an issue I was dealing with.