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Nothing Really Matters | Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles
Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself Decades ago, as a school teacher, my Mom found a way to manage her class. With a lot of class – I might add. While the staff complained about how hard it was to control the students and keep them quiet, she introduced a revolutionary idea. In the timetable, she introduced, alongside subject classes, games, crafts and other academic stuff, the “Do nothing period” Everyone was curious about exactly what might happen during this 35-minute time slot. She told them that she intended doing nothing, and that they were free to do whatever they wanted. They could talk their heads off, they could yell, they could just sit quietly, take a nap – whatever they wanted. Of course they thought it (and she) was weird. But you know what? It worked like a charm. The first day, they freaked out. The second day was a little more subdued. I mean, there’s their teacher just sitting quietly watching them, so it must have felt a little odd. The third day, some of them were just sitting quietly and drawing, or just fiddling with stuff. By the fourth day, many …