One of my 5 Rules for Trusting your Instinct is
Do Nothing – when Nothing Works¹
So why did I get so angry when traveling companions told me that they were committed to making sure I did not work while I was on vacation?
1. If what I am doing is working for me, I do not need to, nor do I want to stop doing it.
2. Deciding, of my own volition, when I will Do Nothing is essential for my acting according to my Free Will.
3. What I do – my work – is my joy. To not be able to do it would be agony.
4. Unless I am mentally incompetent, self-managing my mental energy is essential for me to be a productive human being.
5. It is not a hardship for me to do what I do, and Doing Nothing is not something I would ever consider to be a reward.
6. Doing Nothing ought never to be demanded by or enforced by others. It would be an attempt to assert their Will or control over my freedom to be myself.
7. My work is my purpose. Rob me of it and you have taken my life.
8. For me to be put in a place where I could only Do Nothing for an extended period of time would be putting me in Purgatory.
9. Without striving to Do what I do, it would be impossible for me to thrive.
10. I cannot plan ahead to Do Nothing, or prevent the need to Do Nothing. I have to Do Nothing On Demand – but not the demand of others.
11. The appropriate demand to Do Nothing comes when my instincts require that I take a break – not when others think it is a good time for me to stop working (sorry Mom, well-meaning friends, and government/corporate regulators).
My instincts have sometimes had to scream pretty loudly for me to stop working (accidents are no accident). My instincts always have and always will have the final say.
1. Kathy Kolbe, Powered by Instinct (Momentus Press, 2004)