Saturday, August 09, 2008

Intentionally lazy

My husband asked me the question he often asks on Saturday mornings ... "Now what are you going to do?" The implication is that I'm supposed to be doing something. He doesn't ask this because he expects me to be doing something, but because he knows me. He knows I am usually about "doing" something.

Well today, I'm being intentionally lazy.

Last night, when he asked, "What time do you want to get up tomorrow?" I replied, 10 hours after I go to sleep. Period. No discussion. Then I laid out the threats ... "Make sure the alarm is off and tell your Dad when he shows up at 7 a.m. to do the lawn to go home."

I didn't quite make the full 10 hours, but I slept as long as I wanted to. Victory!

So back to my husband's question ... "Now what are you going to do?" I said, I dunno, read, do a little writing, whatever. He said, "Write me a blog..." So here I am. But I enjoy this, so I maintain I am still being intentionally lazy.

The book of Proverbs really hammers lazy people -- those whom it terms "sluggards."

"How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?" -- Proverbs 6:9

"The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth." -- Proverbs 26:15

"A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing." -- Proverbs 20:14

It seems one is never allowed to be lazy. In fact, isn't it interesting that we would term "relaxation with no particular goal in mind" as being lazy?

Jesus was known to go off by himself, presumably to pray and meditate. We know he was accused of being a drunkard and glutton, a friend to sinners, etc., but never a sluggard. Surely there were other times when he relaxed with no particular goal in mind? Yes, if he was fully human (and he was) then I'm certain he did.

So I am empowering and granting permission to myself and anyone who is reading this to be intentionally lazy every once in a while; to relax with no particular goal in mind.

Now if I could just get someone to hold me accountable to that...

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