Mindless by Debra H. Goldstein

dhg-photo.jpgMindless. That’s my favorite word this week. I recently finished the first draft of a WIP, had an opportunity during the past few weeks to see all of the kids, grandkids and granddogs, learned that I have a short story being published in the next few weeks, had some wonderful things happen in terms of organizations I belong to, and am getting ready to take advantage of an educational opportunity I’ve only dreamed about participating in for many years. With all those things going on, I decided I’m entitled to take a day off to be utterly mindless.

So, what should I do with my mindless day? Well, I could sit and read, but I’ve been doing a lot of that during my spare time. I could watch television – the game show channel seems to be having a marathon of Family Feud and I noticed the cover of the current issue of TV Guide lists 35 shows to catch up on streaming. I could play the piano, but it badly needs tuning. I could go shopping, but then I would have to clean my closet. I could go play Mah Jongg or bridge, but those don’t exactly fit the definition of mindless games.

I guess I could sit and stare at the wall or I could sit with my computer and randomly string words together to write a blog that poses a question to you, my readers. It’s a simple question: What do you do when you have the chance to do something mindless?


  1. Margaret says:

    Paddle leisurely in my kayak, rolling with the waves if there are any or just slowly cruise. My mind goes rather blank. It’s wonderful.

  2. kidlitgail says:

    My mindless activity used to be stringing jewelry. Nothing caused grief, stress, anxiety- just one bead after another. Not so much now as the eyes get worse. But now there’s Pippi. Mindless means getting down on the floor with a pillow and blanket and snuggling with her as we nap. Very peaceful, very mindless… unless she starts dreaming and barks in her sleep or kicks her feet like she’s running!

  3. Kaye George says:

    That’s a good question. Whenever I get a rare block of time like this, I manage to fritter it away with nothing to show for it. If I had water nearby I think I’d like to stare into it. There’s always a bit of this and a bit of that lying around waiting for my attention.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I was going to ask if you’ve given up on golf, but I guess takes too much attention to be mindless. I like the comment about paddling a kayak which I think would have to be my #1 choice. Taking a walk is pretty good, too. Or do you still have a bike??

    • When it comes to golf, I still love driving — the golf cart, but the actual game went by the wayside years ago. Walking and biking constitute exercise (and I haven’t met anyone since your dad … if this comment is written by who I think it is … who would ever repair my bike for me)…which is a no-no. I’m beginning to think the kayak might be up my alley.

  5. Karen says:

    Watering my plants is cathartic and rinsing off our screened porch with the hose is only a little bit more than mindless

  6. Karen Allen says:

    Watering my plants is cathartic and rinsing off our screened porch with the hose is only a little bit more than mindless.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Just give me some colored pencils, artists pens and a coloring book — did you know they have adult coloring books now? Mindless and fun.

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