Meditation for Sunday, February 20, 2011
Being lazy has always been frowned upon. We call unmotivated people lazy, children who do not excel in school lazy and the unemployed lazy for not pounding the pavement 24/7 looking for a job. It is painful looking for work when jobs are so scarce.
For those of us with plates so full the tasks are spilling out over the sides, being lazy is a great idea once in a while.
When I say, “be lazy”, I do not mean, “do nothing.” I mean, slow down.
When we are overrun with errands, meetings, exercise, and what to make the kids for lunch on a daily basis, tasks start to blur together. Before we know it, we open our carefully packed lunch to find a pb&j with the crusts cut off. Your child is sitting in school scratching her head because she knows that you know she hates veggie wraps.
Being lazy helps us to regroup and realize our priorities.
Rome was not created in one day. Cliché, I know, but it hits the point home (I’m hoping).
Take your time. There are a lot of things in life that can wait until you get a few spare moments to tackle.
In the morning, quickly go through your day. You can do this in your head or on paper. Check off the things that need immediate attention. Leave the items that can wait unchecked. Be honest with yourself. If it is Tuesday and you have a meeting, the kids have violin practice and the dog has to get to the vet, do you really need to vacuum the entire house? The fuzzballs can wait.
Realization for the day: Being lazy once in a while is okay when we focus on the big picture.