As humans, are we ever idle? We lead busy lives and I am constantly irritated by those jobs that take me away from the things I would like to be doing. I consider ironing, cleaning or any domestic job to be times when I am enforced into a kind of idleness.
"You're funny." a friend said recently "I do all my thinking when I am ironing."
"The only thinking I do is how much gin I can drink to take the edge off a job that I loathe."
In the interests of the Minx Institute of Research into 'mind-numbingly boring jobs', I decided, this morning, to make my thought audible as I did the dreaded deed.
In thirty-five minutes (I don't hang around), I had planned a new project for work and added a few things to a current writing project. I visualised some art work, poured lavish scorn on my boss, noticed that we were low on milk and ran through a table of events that need to be sorted by next week. In between all this, I observed that my coffee making skills leave a lot to be desired, fed the cat (reminding myself that he needs a new collar) and willed Big Fecker into remembering his revision in his exam today.
Is my brain never idle then? This is worrying! I will have to think about that next time!
"I have been thinking for hours - but still
have not come up with a way to remove my hand
from my head"