For the past twelve months, the topic of Masterly Inactivity has been a passion of mine. I’ve traveled to speak (and gotten to meet a number of you fantastic ladies!) and one of the talks I gave in every city I went to was all about one of my favorite ideas I’ve gleaned from Charlotte Mason over the years: masterly inactivity.
Charlotte Mason once said:
A blessed thing in our mental constitution is, that once we receive an idea, it will work itself out, in thought and act, without much after-effort on our part; and, if we admit the idea of ‘masterly inactivity’ as a factor in education, we shall find ourselves framing our dealings with children from this standpoint, without much conscious effort.School Education, p. 28
This is why I call it a “secret.” If you really come to a deep understanding of masterly inactivity, and adopt it as a good idea, application will begin to flow into your daily interactions with your children like a dam letting water out. No one has to push that water out; it comes of its own accord. In the same way, you’ll see a million opportunities to be masterly inactive.
Putting masterly inactivity to work in your home is a beautiful thing. You know that pressure release valve on top of your Instant Pot? All the pressure builds up inside — to the point where in most other situations it’d be dangerous — but you just flip that switch and all the pressure is let out in a safe and controlled manner. That is the power of masterly inactivity. When you start to live this way, it releases the pressure — it removes so much of the stress we build up in our dealings with our children.
Want to Go Deep With Masterly Inactivity?
The talk I’ve been giving (you already own the video version if you purchased the Leading Well retreat in 2017) is now available in the Afterthoughts Shop. Wanna kick your school year off right? Try masterly inactivity! It’s not a hack — it’s a way of life. ♥
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