2020-07-14 Doodles and the Art of (Not) Doing

It’s gonna be a full day today and I’ve got no time to lament. That’s good news. Maybe if I have idle I should turn to meditation or some other positive and productive activity instead of letting my brain spin out. I mean, not maybe. That’s what I should do. I know that, but I don’t always do what I should. Who does that anyhow??!!

Not human beings. That’s for sure.

I find it interesting that I’ve been walking on a treadmill and writing as part of my normal routine for so long that it’s tough to separate the two. If I’m on the treadmill I feel as though I should have my phone out, making my thumbs work. It’s also odd that if I have a spare half an hour I feel as though I should do something productive like walking. Somewhere along the way I’ve forgotten how to just sit and do nothing.

Have I ever known how to to that? Maybe not. It’s probably why I have a stack of paper notebooks full of writing from my youth. It’s probably why all my school notebooks are full of doodles. Not that doodles are productive, but it’s something that kept my hands busy while daydreaming about my life in alternate universes.

Speaking of alternate universes.. Jim and I are one episode away from finishing the “Dark” series. It’s a mind bender for sure. The time travel gets so twisted and as if that wasn’t enough, the third season introduces the “alternate realities” aspect. It’s so complex now I can’t even keep all of it straight in my head. That’s about the time I lose interest in something.

My brain is so overloaded that it doesn’t want to have to think too much about entertainment on top of everything else.

It’s a delicate balancing act. Being just busy enough to get some satisfaction and not so busy that it causes stress.

I read an article once about the US presidents who had a tendency to doodle. There were even pictures of some of the doodles. There’s some science about what the brain is doing when that’s going on. I can tell you people often think if a person is doodling they are not paying attention. I know that’s not true. I think it’s actually the opposite. That there is a more focused effort to listen and process what is being said.

I bet our current president doesn’t ever doodle. He’s too busy running his mouth and tweeting and being a complete ass-hat to sit still and listen. I digress.

It’s Tuesday today which means we’ll be having tacos for dinner and also that I’ve got to fold the towels and takeout the trash. The neighborhood has reduced our recycling to once every two weeks and I’m not sure what I’m gonna do about that. At my old house I had a large recycle bin and they came once a week. It was great. I was able to reduce our trash to very little and filled that bin up on the regular.

In this house/neighborhood we have 3 of those small bins (all that I somehow have picked up along the years) and with two adults and four teenagers we fill them up in like a week. So what am I supposed to do with all this recycling??!! And why are we reducing the pickup days??!! Why are we going in the wrong direction??!!

Why do humans often not do what they should? 🤷‍♀️

That’s gonna be it for today. Time to go listen and doodle my day away until it’s time to break for tacos. 😉

~Miss SugarCookie

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