Two out of our three children are away at overnight camp for the next few weeks and the house is pretty quiet. For the past several months, my wife and I have both been plotting what we could accomplish during this time (i.e.with fewer meals to prepare, less laundry, no soccer games to drive to and only a dog and an eight year old to supervise.)
This past weekend was our first test of how much we can accomplish with a half empty nest. And I’m proud to say that accomplished almost nothing.
The weather was great, a lot of the neighborhood was away on vacation, and we did a whole lot of nothing. Instead of rushing from one activity to the next and squeezing in some time for work and house chores, we did little planning and a lot of hanging out. I sat on one neighbor’s porch and had a conversation. We walked our dog and stopped in spontaneously on a friend who lives a few blocks away.
It’s Monday morning and I feel recharged and ready for a productive week of work. It was a good reminder that sometimes we just need to do “nothing”. And now that it is summertime, I look forward to having more days filled with nothing so that I can be even more productive when I am actually working.