Have a Do Nothing Day

May 22 is National Solitaire Day. 

Did you know that the traditional game of “Klondike” solitaire has been around for over 200 years? The age of technology increased its popularity. Microsoft first included this game with Windows 3.0 in 1998 – in order to help people learn to operate the mouse. Since then, over 3.2 trillion cards have been dealt to players worldwide.

Though solitaire used to be my “go-to” game for my downtime (or wasted time), I do still enjoy relaxing with a one-person game (Match 3 style games are my favorite). Even though I thrive on building connections and sharing time with friends, I sometimes need time for reflection. Time to do nothing… 

A.A. Milne, author and creator of Winnie the Pooh, said, “Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” In the newest adaptation of the beloved Hundred Acre Wood characters, the movie Christopher Robin, Pooh says, “Doing Nothing often leads to the very best of Something.” Every day, my to-do list is full of Somethings. Yet even on my most scheduled day, I often learn the most through what is unplanned. When I feel overwhelmed, but the kids are begging me to play with them, these moments bring me the most joy. 

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