Friday, July 17, 2015

Why We Need To Spend More Time Doing Nothing but Looking at Clouds

Image of clouds at sunset in my neighborhood
Image taken from my neighborhood during the early part of a sunset.

How many of us are always busy? Gavin Pretor-Pinney states in this Ted Talk that with the advances in technology and the forever connectedness of our lives through social media channels, it starts to feel like we are constantly busy.

I notice on my commute home every day, I check my phone at stop lights. I also notice that I am not unique in my habits. Practically every person in the cars around me is usually doing the same thing. We are all too busy to just enjoy the drive home without having to keep busy and keep ourselves distracted. We are truly a connected society, and constantly having our heads down at our screens is making us miss the simple things in life. That's what finding joy is all about, right, appreciating the simple things that come? So, how do we do that? It's easy, he says. Just lie on your back, and look at the sky. That's it.

Cloudy With A Chance of Joy, was such a breath of fresh air, (literally, because clouds are air and water) because it reminded me to take time to breathe, look up, and let the fluffy white clouds float aimlessly by. This Ted Talk is worth the ten minutes of your life that it takes you to watch it. The images are breathtaking, and his advice for enjoying time spent doing nothing is simple and vital for our lives. We all should take a little time to slow down and do nothing now and then.

I know I plan to, what about you?

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  1. Ahhhh nothing better than just starting off at nature! So relaxing and always clears my mind

    1. Right? I love it. I also love to sit outside at night and stare at the stars.

  2. We are blessed to live in a day of technology but do need to take time to enjoy God's creation.


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