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Get More FUN Out Of Life By Doing Less September 22, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, Travel & Leisure.

170px-Alice_par_John_Tenniel_02Many of us have lives that are full to overflowing.  We are drawn in so many directions that we have no time to appreciate simple pleasures.

When we overbook our schedules, we don’t have time to enjoy all that each moment offers.

At times, we’re so busy that we miss the moment entirely as we race from one activity to the next.

Having a fulfilling life doesn’t require filling each day to the brim.  One way to get more FUN out of life is by doing less.

Have you ever returned from vacation more frazzled than when you left?

Were your days so packed with activities that you barely found time to breath?

Most people plan vacations to have FUN.

Fun isn’t complicated, but  it does require a present-moment awareness.  We must be where we are, doing what we’re doing.

Mickey-In-HammockWe tend to have more FUN when we allow ourselves to relax into the moment, letting life unfold . . . smile by smile.  When we stop rushing, life has time to weave its magic around us.

Kick back.  Relax.  Slow down.  Let the gentle flow of life caress your stress away.

Sit in silent wonder and appreciate this moment ~ the breeze in the trees, the waves on the beach, the ice cream dripping down the side of the cone.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. nuvofelt - September 22, 2011

I dream that one day I will have time to relax and enjoy the moment. Grandchildren help with this as you know each moment is fleeting, once it has passed it has gone.

It’s so easy to spend one’s life striving. Search for peace withing the busy schedule, and relaxation follows.

nrhatch - September 22, 2011

Children remind us to “Be Here Now” and stay in the moment . . . as long as we don’t OVERBOOK their days.

The best times I’ve had with my nieces and nephews involved doing “next to nothing” . . . not running around amusement parks, or racing from activity to activity.

Swinging on swings.
Playing puppets.
Reading a book.
Coloring a picture.
Watching the clouds go by.
Riding bikes.

2. Cindy - September 22, 2011

OK then, I have your permission, I am off to eat a huge slice of chocolate cake in the garden.

nrhatch - September 22, 2011

When we stop rushing, life has time to weave its magic around us ~ especially if we take cake with us!

3. SammyDee - September 22, 2011

I love camping because it often means there is absolutely nothing to do. No technology to distract us; nowhere we need to be; just letting the weather direct our activities. Doing nothing sounds wonderful. I really want / need a holiday. And soon…

nrhatch - September 22, 2011

So true, Sammy. Especially sitting around a campfire, or beside a babbling brook. We relax into the moment and rejuvenate our senses.

Hope you can get away camping soon! 😀

4. Pocket Perspectives - September 22, 2011

It took me a long time to learn to slow down and do less….and there’s so much more balance and happiness now that I have!

nrhatch - September 22, 2011

Once we slow down, happiness surfaces of its own accord when we least expect it.

We stop “pursuing happiness” and happiness finds us. 😀

5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - September 22, 2011

I am guilty of having tiring vacations!

nrhatch - September 22, 2011

Sometimes we feel that we must rush around from site to site in order to see and do all the things we want to do in some exotic locale. If we are enjoying ourselves, no problem.

If not, time to sit back and chillax while watching the sunset.

6. LittleMissVix - September 22, 2011

wow I need a vacation!!

nrhatch - September 22, 2011

If you can’t get away right now, try taking a mini vacation (or staycation) this weekend. Take a few hours, set aside your TO DO list, and just flow from moment to moment with NO AGENDA other than to Just Be.

7. Maggie - September 22, 2011

There’s nothing like a good vacation day to sit around, do nothing, and recover from life. 🙂

nrhatch - September 22, 2011

Once on vacation in Maine, we sat on a rock in Acadia National Park overlooking the sea . . . for four hours.

The only thing we did was get up to freshen our drinks and get some snacks from the van. Aah . . . bliss!

8. suzicate - September 22, 2011

Sometimes I feel like I forget to breathe. I’m slowing down and currently listening. It’s good to “be still”, and I’m hoping through this process I’ll be taken where it is I need to be.

nrhatch - September 22, 2011

Don’t just Do Something . . . Sit There. 😀

When we remember to slow our breathing, we remember to slow down and smell the roses. Each moment expands as a result of our increased awareness . . . and Less becomes More.

9. Julie - September 22, 2011

I put this notion to use when planning our summer trip to Italy. After I figured out the itinerary, I cut it by half. Then I cut our planned daily activities by half. After the trip, I realize I could have cut even more. It always seems like you’ll get more by doing more, when in fact the opposite is almost always true.

Thanks for the reminder.

nrhatch - September 22, 2011

Good for you, Julie!

Joy in life is found by slowly savoring each gelato. 😉

10. gospelwriter - September 22, 2011

Less is definitely more in my book. I actually feel as if I’m doing more… but in reality, I’m simply choosing to do what engages my interest and, especially, creative instincts. More of what I want (as opposed to have) to do.

nrhatch - September 22, 2011

When we stop trying to cram too much into a 24 hour day, we start to be choosier about what to include, and what to leave on the side of the road.

And we have time to really ENJOY this moment . . . and the next.

11. Rosa - September 22, 2011

I’m back! And this is just the post I needed today! I’ve been very busy getting settled into my new town and now I’ve got a little time to just ‘chill.’ I was starting to feel desperate to fill up my time, but you’re right! I can just slow down, explore my new surroundings and have Fun!!

nrhatch - September 22, 2011

Yay! Rosa’s back! I’m looking forward to seeing your painting picks each day again. I’ve highlighted Oriana a few times in your absence.

It is FUN to explore. But, if you’re going to be there for a while, you can take it a step at a time. Enjoy!

12. the island traveler - September 22, 2011

Let the gentle flow of life caress your stress away. Love that. So true less , simplify, is the best way to enjoy life’s best moments. Beautiful my friend. Stay blessed.

nrhatch - September 22, 2011

Thanks so much.

BTW: every time I see your “the island traveler” moniker, it makes me smile. We live on an island ~ our third. We’ve lived on Chincoteague Island, VA, Deal Island, MD, and now Perico Island, FL.

Love island living. 😎

13. Tinman - September 22, 2011

“Present-moment awareness” is such a great description of what it is we need, and it’s so hard to achieve.

nrhatch - September 22, 2011

When we pile our plate too high . . . we tend not to taste each tidbit that is offered. I find the same is true with life.

If we want to achieve present moment awareness, we need to take the time to breathe and be aware. Like anything, it gets easier with practice.

14. kateshrewsday - September 22, 2011

Couldn’t agree more, Nancy. Our subconscious needs time to process what we learn and free, feel-good time is where the processing happens. Sometimes we just need to bibble.

nrhatch - September 22, 2011

Bibble . . . I like that! 😀

15. Patricia - September 22, 2011

I don’t understand people who think that “just sitting” is doing nothing.

Most often when the time is taken to just sit there is much happening within; meditating,praying,relaxing,looking and really seeing what is around you,daydreaming…

These are important activities that are done “just sitting”. And we miss out on some lovely vistas when we are too busy to partake of the “nothingness”.

nrhatch - September 22, 2011

I think that some people fill their lives to overflowing because they are afraid to “just be.”

They chase away silence and solitude for the same reason.

The “nothingness” of meditative silence offers us so much if we take the time to look and listen within. 😀

16. Sandra Bell Kirchman - September 23, 2011

I need to make sure “life has time to weave its magic around us” – nice sentence, Nancy.

One of the very best vacations I ever had, about 15 years ago now, was one where I stayed home for the whole week.

I didn’t visit friends or family; I didn’t finish projects around the house; I didn’t start writing projects; I didn’t get caught up on shopping, shows, or eating out.

I read. For six whole days. I had a series of books by an author I loved at the time. And I read every book in the series. It was heaven. And I was so relaxed at the end of the vacation that I felt I could move mountains.

nrhatch - September 23, 2011

Thanks! That sounds like an ideal way to recharge. Just flowing from moment to moment doing EXACTLY what appeals.

17. CMSmith - September 23, 2011

Yep. That’s just what Kabat-Zinn says in my book. But then you already knew that.

nrhatch - September 23, 2011

Exactly! Less is more. 😀

18. Tilly Bud - September 24, 2011

Going through a rather busy period myself at the moment.

nrhatch - September 24, 2011

Breathe. Relax. Repeat.
Ohm . . . _/!\_

19. ceceliafutch - September 24, 2011

As I’ve watched my dad fight for his life over the past few days, my thoughts have been of the most meaningful memories of him during my growing up years: Dad getting up early each morning on a camping trip to make coffee (he had his own unique way which was something to behold), telling us stories as we sat around a campfire (made up on the spot), hiking with us down forest paths, taking me to my first high school football game ever, us kids piling into his chair with him so he could “tickle” us silly, arm around me as I sobbed brokenheartedly over the “love of my life” when I was a sophomore in high-school, the sight of him as he held his grandson (my oldest) in his arms for the first time.

The memories are endless, and none of them involve busyness and hectic times. I had good role models in Mom and Dad and I tell my children that more than the busy activities we involve our kids or ourselves in, it is the time we spend together in the “here and now” that will be the stuff of warm and wonderful memories when their kids grow up, just like it is for my children and for me.

Lovely post.

nrhatch - September 24, 2011

Wonderful memories, Cecelia. Thanks for sharing. Hope your dad is feeling better soon.

20. ElizOF - September 26, 2011

I wish vacation was what has kept me busy of late… Unfortunately, it isn’t… Mine has been medical matters and then the rest of life; but mostly the former. That said, I am enjoying life and I even laugh more… interesting eh? We must or the alternative would be tragic… Now all I need to do is catch up on comments and I’ll be set. 🙂 TY!
Finally catching up again… where did the time go? Phew! 🙂

nrhatch - September 26, 2011

Hope you have MORE time to do LESS, soon, E!

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