Friday, February 25, 2011
I saw something on the news a few weeks ago about a website dedicated to doing nothing. It's just a picture of a gorgeous ocean sunset with the sound of waves. The website challenges visitors to do nothing for two minutes.
In fact, the site is called donothingfor2minutes.com.
The idea is to be still for two minutes, no typing or moving the mouse, just being still and quiet.
If you can't fight the urge to hit a key or move the mouse, a red "fail" button appears.
I tried it at home the other day and, after a "fail" on the first try, my two minutes of doing nothing ended up being longer than two minutes as I hit the refresh button after sitting through the countdown.
I found it relaxing and refreshing, with the sound of the surf a nice backdrop for a time of quiet prayer and being still before God.
It's not easy to just sit at a computer and do nothing. The brain tries to tell the fingers to type something or to move the mouse.
But it's worthwhile to sit through the two minutes.
It's a way to hit the pause button, even if it is for a two-minute vacation on the beach. It's a reminder that we are human beings, not just humans doing tasks.
I don't know if Andy Warhol's prophecy of everyone finding 15 minutes of fame will come true. But thanks to the internet, of all things, everyone can find their two minutes of quietly doing nothing in the midst of a whirlwind day.