Diane Keaton & Woody Allen in Annie Hall

Diane Keaton & Woody Allen in Annie Hall

A case for wasting time

 

“In the West we have a tendency to be profit-oriented, where everything is measured according to the results and we get caught up in being more and more active to generate results.

In the East — especially in India — I find that people are more content to just be, to just sit around under a banyan tree for half a day chatting to each other. We Westerners would probably call that wasting time. But there is value to it.

Being with someone, listening without a clock and without anticipation of results, teaches us about love.

The success of love is in the loving — it is not in the result of loving.”

-Mother Teresa

 

Published: July 2nd, 2013