Creativity: A Reason To Do Nothing

I am indebted to Karen Gilbert, Natural Skincare and Fragrance Expert, for sending me this quote today. She knew I would  like it.   It’s from a book called The Alchemy of Scent written by Jean-Claude Ellena who has created some of the world’s best-selling perfumes. J-C lives and works in Grasses, the French capital of perfume.

“I am sorry to admit I have lost the gift of boredom. I write. I read. I garden. I paint. I cook. I vacuum. And although my subsidiary activities are more or less linked to perfumes (apart from vacuuming), I wish to pay tribute to inaction, for taking time is not wasting time. Most of my ideas, my pretexts, have come from chance encounters when reading, when strolling, when idling, moments of unfocused receptivity”

Oh don’t be sorry, Jean-Claude. I’m with you Old Love, except for the vacuuming part. This is what I have been trying to say when drivelling on in posts about the benefits of my gap. It’s creative. Not working has benefits too, beyond measure. Now, whoever thought they’d hear those words coming from me? Not me, certainly! I love the fact that I can still surprise myself. And I envy the Frenchman for being able to express this concept so succinctly, in but a handful of words.

A tribute to inaction.  Justement.

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  1. Judith Morgan says:

    I like to think it’s because I’m getting wiser, Sally! Not just older…?


  2. hi Judith, a quote I’ve always loved is by Bertrand Russell: “the time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time”. As I get older, slow time appeals more and more and is one of the plusses of ageing, thank goodness!

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