In Praise of Doing Nothing.

Rachel Clifton
3 min readJun 9, 2021
Photo by Sunguk Kim on Unsplash

Often, when I look to put pen to paper and write, it’s hard to know what to say.

I feel compelled to reel off truisms.

To share what many of us already know, but perhaps need reminding of.

To share what I need to hear myself. What I tell myself. How I comfort myself. How I have learned to love the skin I’m in. A beautiful, abundant, ‘imperfect’ work in progress. The embodiment of perfection is acceptance. When we can love without fear or limits, everything else falls away.

But, I digress.

For maybe there’s something in that, in this, too — the power of reinforcement. How easy it is for us, as human beings, to lose our way. How much we look to others for support or reassurance. For validation that we are right, ‘good’, or ‘worthy’, or perhaps just doing the right thing — to disguise that none of us has a clue. Yes, really.

The more I learn about myself and the world around me, the more I realise how little I know… and the more the world delights me. I am but a child: endlessly curious, easily pleased, quietly (or not so quietly) surprised by what I find. What I encounter, even. How the world shapeshifts as I do. It is quite magical to see and feel our own influence. Addictive, too.

And yet, of course, I’m not a child.

I’m a full-grown adult woman.

And with freedom comes new considerations.

What I say yes to. What I say no to. How I ground myself. How I take care of myself. How I hold myself accountable.

Day in, day out. Day by day. Be here now. I’m learning to stay.

The biggest blessing — the biggest lesson — and the biggest gift that I am embracing is the power and expansion of [free] space and [free] time.

I am learning to say no. I am learning to take my time. I will not be hurried. And I will not falter.

I am not in a rush for anything or anyone — and certainly not for myself.

I am emerging brighter and more beautiful than ever. And I need this time. I need this space. I feel this (and that) so deeply. So, I stay. And I make no apology for doing so.

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Rachel Clifton

Perennially irreverent. Gently fierce. Fiercely loving. A thing of beauty, work of art & human being, just like you. https://bio.site/rachelclif.