Summary of “The Long Lost Thrill of Doing Nothing”

I’m talking about just being in the room and not doing anything in particular, usually while reclining your body in some way, with no regard for the time and no idea of what to do next.
As a kid and then a teenager, before I started to think of time as a scarce resource, I did a lot of this.
Much of adult life concerns striving to make certain numbers work-having your income exceed your expenses, and spending enough time on physical fitness, paid labor, creative work, and leisure.
Doing nothing in particular, for however long it was that first time, gave me a glimpse of what it was like when time wasn’t so predominant in my thinking.
True idleness is intentionless time, and it fulfills something that meditation doesn’t.
Spontaneous idleness challenges an urge that’s deeply ingrained in many of us, especially in modern, secular societies: the persistent need to feel like we’re making something of our time.
There’s a reason we so often think of time as an investment.
The way you spent your time in the past is largely what created your present, and that mechanism is always operating.

The orginal article.