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Posted on 08-01-2015

One may see an individual who is overweight or a person on the shoulder of your favorite I-40 exit panhandling and label them as lazy.  We hear of kids (or your own) who spend too much time on Facebook or playing video games and call it lazy.  Ask that same child what is means to be lazy and it conjures up time with friends, watching a favorite TV show, or time alone not doing chores.  In other words, a happy time!  Miriam-Webster’s definition of laziness is simply “disinclined to work, activity, or exertion.”  This definition is like looking at the negative of a photograph.  Laziness is NOT working, being active, or exerting.  Nothing is really defined here.  We only see what laziness is NOT and so what are we left with?  I propose laziness as a period of rest, incubation, and recovery (also happy time!) instead of the common negative connotation it is cast with.  It is in these times of repose that inspiration can strike and change the course of your day or life.  Laziness becomes a portal to a new phase of action.

In the daily routine life, we become accustomed, rooted, and achieve certainty.  With certainty we feel safe.  When we are safe, we can relax and recuperate (read: ‘be lazy’) but we eventually grow bored with this routine.  With enough laziness, we become inspired to create new work, take risks, or generally delve in to uncertainty and cure the boredom.  This provokes growth in ourselves, in our businesses, in our families, and has the greatest potential for life-giving joy, satisfaction, and certainty again.  When uncertainty slowly evolves into certainty, then we can again relax, recover, and embrace laziness again.  We feel certainty and ultimately require laziness to escape it via inspiration and action towards uncertainty. This keeps the cycle of certainty, uncertainty, and laziness spinning nicely.  

This incubation period of laziness is woefully undervalued in our society.  Too much work, too many places to be, too much on the ‘to do’ list, too much thinking, too busy, all keep us from a place of peace, joy, and inspiration which frankly most of us label as lazy and a waste of time.  We momentarily say to ourselves, “Ahhhhhh! OK that felt nice, what’s next?”  We chastise ourselves for needing, much-less, taking time for ourselves to be even a little lazy.  We never truly understand that this is a healthy and natural cycle. This popular negative concept of laziness is a prime reason for our self-deprecation and negative self-talk that we think we need to dutifully endure.  We aren’t good enough, smart enough, worthy enough for a respite.  We haven’t climbed our the mountain of mental chaos, worry, over-thinking, or expectations to deserve such a reward. For most, we could stand to turn down the volume on this conversation.  A period laziness is a good time to do this.  When we see the ‘lazy’ overweight individual or panhandler consider that their so-called ‘laziness’ as a positive thing.  It’s their own cycle you are observing.  Also, consider that instead of worrying about their laziness, maybe you should worry about your own!

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