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Brainless Activities

Posted by on May 12, 2014

Happy Monday y’all!

What better day than today to talk about brainless activities, right?

I love brainless activities. You know the kind I’m talking about. Washing dishes, folding clothes, vacuuming…the never ending story of a mama or just plain life. The mundane. Life is in the mundane. I try not to think about it too much or I’d hyperventilate. But back to the brainless activities. I never realized how much I LOVED them or would miss them until I had kids.

maintaining sanity brainless activitiesYou see, during those times where I’m engaging in activities that do not require brain power, my mind runs. Freedom! This way, that way. Rushing, flying, gone. Processing events, goals, life, problems, story problems, but I’m not actually “thinking” about it. Does that make sense? And you know what? Some of my best ideas have jumped out at me during those times. I’d be stuck on some problematic scene in my book, and bam! Problem solved.

Even author Nadine Brandes noticed the need for thinking and how it ties into our creativity. Not that we don’t think, but her blog post from last week ties into the whole brainless activities topic. We need to take the time to be. Not just do, do, do all while worrying over the past or the future. But to sit and think. Although, I don’t think I could just sit…I’d fall asleep. Ha! This might explain why I’m mixing up calendar dates, creating havoc for my family, and things slipping through my mind like slippery fish. But I still have my jar of marbles! Handy little thing, isn’t it? Can’t say that I’m losing them, now can I? Ha. me jar of marbles

But being able to just let the mind process and get lost in the brainless activities is refreshing, relaxing. I get all sorts of awesome ideas…like this blog post for one. And I take forever to process stuff, and being able to be brainless for a while, it helps. Ha! Not the mama fog or the zombie kind either.

And then I had kids.

You cannot be brainless when you have kids, especially if you have a spitfire monkey and the energizer bunny bouncing off the walls and couches and trying to kill each other over a toy who neither wanted until the other thought the other wanted it. Then its world war three. OR worse yet, complete silence…

So while I’m doing my once brainless activities, I’m listening. My ears are now radars. I am searching, collecting, shifting, and cataloging the sounds I hear. That scream? No, didn’t sound too bad; I’ll let them work it out. Another scream…THAT one sounded like pain. I probably should intervene. Did I mention the more recent brainwave snatching sound? Mom, mom, mom, mom…hey, mom, mom, mom, mom…

And that’s when I realized I missed my brainless activities and my sanity.

1622664_10152209040450743_829345461_nSo there are times I tell my hubby just take the kids outside or get them ready for bed while I wash dishes. Finally silence! Brain is free to run! And then that’s when my kids want to help me wash dishes. I’m trying not to scream inside. No please, I need not to think for an hour. Don’t get me wrong. I want them to help. I love that they want to help. But my sanity! So…sometimes I let them help.

So what say you? Do you find yourself longing for those moments of brainless activity? Or am I off in left field? Maybe it’s because I’ve got several worlds swirling around in my head. Characters I have yet to introduce y’all too; stories and adventures to share with you all. Ugh, can’t write fast enough!

Hope you have a great week!

6 Responses to Brainless Activities

  1. netraptor001

    Haha, boy, don’t I know it! But when I need sanity, I let them play computer games. Minecraft is a big deal around here. I’ve also got the Humongous Entertainment adventure games, like Puttputt and Freddi Fish. They’ll sit and play those straight through over and over if I let them.
    Also we have quiet time after lunch. Sometimes it becomes nap time, but mostly it’s when I get the baby to sleep and have time for thought and some quick iPod writing. 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      I hear ya! We probably do too much veggie tales around here, but we’ve since discovered ABCYA.com and Starfall.com. Course, my kiddos are 5 and 3. We snatch it when and where we can. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  2. Nadine Brandes

    Delightful post! I love seeing this side of it. My husband and I don’t have children yet or even pets! So I’ve definitely got a limited view on finding that silence we need. Your post helps me realize how much I need to appreciate the silence and thinking time I DO get, while I have it. 😉

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks Nadine! It’s all about the season we each are in; it’s always changing and we’re always having to relearn a new balance. Ack! I hope it gets easier. Ha! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  3. Ralene Burke

    Brainless activity? That happens from about 1 a.m. until the alarm goes off at 6:30. Otherwise, my mind is going a mile a minute and I’m just trying to keep up. lol . . . Kids, right?

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Right! It is few and far between that I get those moments, but when I do, it’s nice! We won’t mention about my brain activity between 1am and 6:30, shall we? 😉

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