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To be idle is an art
To do nothing 
To sit still
To savour the moment
To lay claim to quietude 
The adult looks on it as wastage
Of energy
Of resources
Of time
Of money
The child revels in it
In its freedom
In its uniqueness 
In its existence
In its peace
In idle chatter there is love
In idle exchanges there is affection
In idle relaxation there is a nullification
Of the mind
Of logic
Of hurried reasoning 
Give in to the Idler 
She is beautiful
She is non-judgemental
She is important
She is a necessary part of this play on Earth
Written for ABC Wednesday curated by Denise Nesbitt
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Kalpana Solsi · March 12, 2014 at 4:03 am

Shailaja , I know of many idle people in the world doing just nothing.

Shailaja V · March 12, 2014 at 4:17 am

Truly blessed souls, Kalpana 🙂

Jagdeeshwari Hari · March 12, 2014 at 4:32 am

Very good one akka…just love ur blogs

Rajlakshmi · March 12, 2014 at 4:39 am

Indeed that's true… I was.never good at staying idle… Too hyperactive for my own good 🙂 beautiful write. I specially liked the parts where you have compared the difference with an adult and a kid's point of view

Manju Pillai · March 12, 2014 at 4:59 am

Being idle…..its soooo much fun !

Pixie · March 12, 2014 at 5:25 am

Beautifully said. It's important to do nothing sometimes.. 🙂

Shailaja V · March 12, 2014 at 6:42 am

Thank you Jagadeeshwari 🙂

Shailaja V · March 12, 2014 at 6:43 am

Hope you've learned to slow down and breathe, Rajlakshmi 🙂 Happy that you liked it!

Shailaja V · March 12, 2014 at 6:43 am

Ha ha .. yes, so agree!

Shailaja V · March 12, 2014 at 6:43 am

Far more important than we give it credit 🙂 Thanks Pixie 🙂

Vidya Sury · March 12, 2014 at 8:51 am

A big hug to the Mother of the girl with the “thalaila thundu” Beautifully written.

“What is this life if, full of care…we have no time to stand and stare?”

Blessings to you, Shailaja!

tulika singh · March 12, 2014 at 8:59 am

The exact same poem came to mind my too when I read your post Shailaja.. there is not time to stand and stare.. such pleasure in that.

Shailaja V · March 12, 2014 at 10:21 am

Trust you to pick out the 'thalaila thundu' bit :D. Grateful for the blessings, Vidya!

That W.H. Davies poem is a classic and one of my favourites!

Shailaja V · March 12, 2014 at 10:23 am

True that, Tulika. So wound up are we, in schedules and appointments and homework…phew!

Reader Wil · March 12, 2014 at 11:27 am

This is a very important message for those who like meditating. Thank you! Thanks for visiting my blog.
Wil, ABCW Team

Shailaja V · March 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

Indeed it is, Reader Wil! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

myriadrainbowhues · March 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Beautifully said, Shailaja.

Eli Z · March 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

You manage to line up a very peaceful and relaxed atmosphere in your poem:-) I could feel it. Really beautifully put:-) Should be idle more…:-) Thanks for sharing:-)

jaish_vats · March 12, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Blessed are those who can live in the moment that too am idle one.

Shailaja V · March 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Grateful for the love, Kajal 🙂

Aparna · March 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Lovely! And the pic goes with the words beautifully as well 🙂

Shailaja V · March 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Eli, that must be one of the best things I have read today! So happy that the words created the atmosphere I wanted! Love and hugs 🙂

Shailaja V · March 12, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Jaish, blessed in more ways than one 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

Shailaja V · March 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Sooo happy to see you here! Missed your comments 🙂 Thanks Aparna 🙂

Aditi · March 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Lovely expression Shailaja n it's so true!!

Shailaja V · March 12, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Very happy that you think so, Aditi 🙂

Vidya Lohith · March 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Totally in support of Idle Time. Its a much needed talent one should possess to stay idle 😉 And beautifully put into words.

Random Musings · March 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Beautifully written…I revel in 'idleness' & wish more people did without judging those who enjoy their own company 🙂

Shailaja V · March 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Thank you, Vidya! We need to make time to be idle. Can you believe it has come to this? 🙂

Shailaja V · March 12, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Yes, I have never understood the angst people have against those who sit and 'do nothing'. It is the greatest feeling in the world 🙂

Kathy Combs · March 12, 2014 at 11:15 pm

I think as we grow older it is even more important to savor life's moments. I have found great peace in my time alone. I revel in it. It is when I am in the zone when I am my most creative. ♥

Carver · March 13, 2014 at 2:05 am

Well written. I relish time when I'm idle. Carver, ABCW-Team

Shilpa Garg · March 13, 2014 at 5:18 am

Somebody said it so rightly, work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness. Oh yes, idleness is sacred and we must indulge in it from time to time! 🙂

Roger Owen Green · March 13, 2014 at 8:03 am

Yes, sage advice!

Shailaja V · March 13, 2014 at 8:45 am

I treasure my alone time too, Kathy. Just wonder if I will have only that as the years pass…

Shailaja V · March 13, 2014 at 8:46 am

Thank you, Carver 🙂

Shailaja V · March 13, 2014 at 8:48 am

Very true, Shilpa. We get so caught up in the trials of life, that we forget to sit and idle. Thank you 🙂

Shailaja V · March 13, 2014 at 8:49 am

Thanks Roger 🙂

Anita · March 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

They say- An idle mind is a devil's workshop!
They should read your poem! Nice & valid thoughts here, Shailaja 🙂

iamstri · March 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Woooaahhh! I loved this! So nice and different 🙂

nibhz · March 13, 2014 at 2:40 pm

cheers to being idle! if only life gives us time to cherish the idle moments and the mind is mute to let us do so 😛

Nabanita · March 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm

God! I'm so idle these days …this is so for me 😀

Leslie: · March 14, 2014 at 1:07 am

Wonderful take on the word “idle.” I used to hate it, but now as I'm getting older, I see the IMPORTANCE of it.

abcw team

Shailaja V · March 14, 2014 at 4:56 am

More people should idle, Anita 🙂 Thanks for reading!

Shailaja V · March 14, 2014 at 4:56 am

Happy to have pleased, Stri 🙂

Shailaja V · March 14, 2014 at 4:57 am

It will, Nibha. In time, you will have a lot of time on your hands. Let go and let the idleness take over 🙂

Shailaja V · March 14, 2014 at 4:57 am

Waiting to see you back on posting mode, Naba 🙂

Shailaja V · March 14, 2014 at 4:58 am

Thank you,dear Leslie 🙂

Beloo Mehra · March 14, 2014 at 5:18 am

Only in our truly idle moments we can appreciate the idyllic. Beautifully written poem, Shailja!

Sheethal Susan Jacob · March 14, 2014 at 12:04 pm

At times I'm such a blessed soul… 😉

Shailaja V · March 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm

That's a beautiful line, Beloo! Thanks for the compliment!

Shailaja V · March 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Why, at times? You are always blessed, my dear 🙂

Chai a Cup of Life · March 14, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Beautiful words and you have reminded me to spend some time a day to just sit!

Shailaja V · March 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Yes, it is absolutely necessary to take time for yourself and do nothing 🙂 Very therapeutic!

Elsie Amata · March 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Wow this was absolutely beautiful. One of the hardest things for me to do is sit and meditate but when I take the time, it works wonders. I can't wait to see what you have in store for us for the A-Z Challenge. It's going to be so much fun!

Be well,

AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

Shailaja V · March 14, 2014 at 6:50 pm

So glad you stopped by, Elsie! I am really looking forward to the A-Z Challenge too! Already scheduling my posts 😀

Michelle Liew · March 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

Now that is truth. To be idle really is an art….to be completely bereft of concerns, even though they are there!

Midnight scribbles · March 16, 2014 at 4:23 am

Wow, reminded me of a poem called leisure that is one of my favourites. Simple yet powerful in words

Poonam Khanduja · March 16, 2014 at 5:42 am

Very well penned, Shailaja.
The essence of leisure put together excellently. 🙂

Shailaja V · March 16, 2014 at 5:45 am

Thank you, Poonam! Glad you could stop by 🙂

Shailaja V · March 16, 2014 at 6:20 am

It is very difficult but very do-able too, if we can put our minds to it 🙂

Shailaja V · March 16, 2014 at 6:20 am

Would love to read it. Can you post the link here?

Sreeja Praveen · March 17, 2014 at 7:19 am

I wonder how a kid can sit still, when I see my little P running around. But at times she sits silent and has a dreamy look in her eyes. I wonder if she's enjoying being idle, at that moment 🙂
A beautiful poem, and a lovely snap 🙂 ,so many valid points to think about !

Psych Babbler · March 17, 2014 at 9:54 am

Love this one — more so because I find it difficult to remain idle. I think we have this belief as you rightly said that to be idle is to waste time/money/energy. I find that I have to keep busy or else I'm not being worthwhile. Plus, for most adults, being busy also means you can escape the problems in your head whereas being idle and mindful might actually involve being in touch with your emotions and your thoughts.

Loved this!

Scattered Mama · March 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm

So true! I love watching kids when they are idling away…and hate to disturb anyone in that state…I believe it is a high state of consciousness and brings out the best in one and it is absolutely essential to do it from time to time!

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