Relax – or The art of doing nothing

I have told my wife that I have the desire to be an artist. I have kind of practiced it for years, but it has not been considered as a kind of art. At least not by my wife. And as time goes by I try to perfect the expression, magnify it you may say. Let me reveal at once what I have called my form of art; ” The Art of Doing Nothing”.

Some would say that this is laziness at its best. But those who know me know that I have a wife, and when she has put up with me for so many years, it is because I am not working to perfect my form of art all the time – just in my spare time – preferably on holiday – and the best occasion is on the beach.

I need four things to make out the best in my expression:

– Deck/camping chair. The seat must not be too high above the ground, ie the sand. It must be constructed so that the legs can be stretched forward in a natural and relaxed way. The backrest should be adjustable making it possible for me to sit or take a more laid back position. This last fits me perfectly, I think my body is made ​​of for such a relaxed position.

– Cap to shadow the sun. The color should be dark so that no light enters my eyes.

– Sunglasses. The sunlight to be dimmed so I can read or write, and my eyes be hidden.

– Parasol. Makes sun cream not needed and makes it a pleasure to be on the beach.

– A book and/or paper and pen. Book for relaxing and informative reading. Paper and pen in case thoughts come to mind, thoughts that should be taken care of.

Below I show two relevant positions in the practice of the Art of Doing Nothing. Pictures are taken to illustrate and do not show the ultimate setting.
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The picture of Start position indicates a laid back and relaxed body. We see that the seat of the chair should have been lower, but one still get an idea of ​​the performance of The Art of Doing Nothing.

The Art of Doing Nothing, start position

The Art of Doing Nothing. Start position

The next picture shows a seemingly more demanding and active variant. In this position the thoughts that came in the Start position is written down. Or I can read. Or imagine this position 10 m from the sea, with sand between my toes and between me and the sea. My eyes are hidden under the brim and behind dark sunglasses. With a book in my hands I look totally harmless. But my eyes may very well be placed on the horizon far out there – or may be on what is passing on the beach in front of me.

The Art of Doing Nothing. Alternative position

The Art of Doing Nothing. Less relaxed, but still a kind of laid back

In next picture I am looking at the horison. Or am I looking at someone passing in front of me? But of course you understand I am reading.

The Art of Doing Nothing. Am I reading or looking?

The Art of Doing Nothing. Am I reading or looking?

I know that I’m not alone in performing this kind of art, but I know that I am doing my best to make the most out of it.

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