Doing nothing might be one of the hardest challenges for a person. Barbara Kingsolver approaches the question with great humor.
Alice Dunbar Nelson's poem takes up the cause of an idle lingerer standing outside the rush of a society which scorns his slowness.
'Let's stop for one second,' wrote Pablo Neruda in a poetic manifesto for the very personal and very political act of doing nothing. He imagined the world stopping to catch its breath for a moment, and the 'sudden strangeness' that would emerge.