Copyright (c) Victoria Elizabeth 2004. All rights reserved.THE LOST ART OF LOLLYGAGGING--Or, how to dawdle, loaf, or putter to your heart's content--In our time-conscious world -- minutes, hours, and...
Copyright (c) Victoria Elizabeth 2004. All rights reserved.
THE LOST ART OF LOLLYGAGGING --Or, how to dawdle, loaf, or putter to your heart's content--
In our time-conscious world -- minutes, hours, and days are only meaningful if they can be organized, measured, prioritized not to mention sliced and diced into "productive" and "non-productive" periods.
It seems anything deemed "time wasting" must be derided and then dropped from all "to do" lists. On the other hand, being "listless" (having no "to do" list or a short one) is a fate worse than death.
If you're not running around thither and yon, fear not. There will always be at least one quidnunc keen on telling you that your life lacks purpose. And, we all know what happens to people without goals and long "to do" lists. They become ill-fated "laggards", lippy "losers" or heaven forbid, "lounge lizards"!
"Fooling around" or, 'living in the moment", is for children and pets only. Grown-ups are not encouraged to dawdle, loaf, putter or simply take time out to smell the roses let alone talk to them. To engage in such "mindless" activities is to invite some incurable dis-ease. Such is life in Lollygaglessland.
However, not being a linear thinker helps when it comes to enjoying the art of lollygagging.
First, toss your watch, clock or timepiece for the day. Second, put on some comfy clothes -- or, if you're feeling frightfully funky, just a birthday suit. Next, find a comfortable and cozy thing to sit upon. This is important. Doing so will take a load off your feet, and prevent your brain from becoming clogged, cluttered or crashing like your hapless personal computer. If all else fails, remember, rumination and regurgitation is not in the cards for you today!
So, let your mind wander anywhere it wants. And, stop fretting about the "to do" list" you just turfed along with your bleeping digital devices. Besides, when you do this, you create oodles of space for something you dearly yearn for, peace of mind.
Now that you're feeling all warm and fuzzy, maybe try a bit of doodling, humming, whistling, or even tapping your toes. And, if you really get the urge to move, just put on your favorite walking shoes and putter anywhere you like. Talk to plants and animals if you wish, and if you've got the gumption, why not strangers ... you just might enjoy what happens without any strings attached.
Lollygagging is all about "being" comfortable with yourself, in your own space and time. Forget all about doing things to win brownie points, gold stars, and frequent flyer miles. Unless you like trying to fit square holes into round pegs, just chill out, powder down, and enjoy life outside the blessed box.
And, when someone asks you what you're doing for the next five minutes, hour, or day...tell them your taking up the lost art of lollygagging. Then watch them furrow their brow as you wink, smile, and walk away.
Victoria Elizabeth lives in a throne room far, far away in Victoria, BC (Canada). When not handing out tacky titles, walking the blessed corgis, and dining on coq au vin (whiney, plucked chickens), she can be found musing about all manner of inconsequential things on her bodacious blog aptly called, "The Quipping Queen" at www.quippingqueen.blogspot.com.