All our lives, “lazy” has been mostly a negative term. Sometimes we can get away with a lazy day here and there, but in general it has a derogatory connotation. But what if that were different?
For years I have struggled between enjoying the peace of a late afternoon nap and powering through that time to get more things done. In the end, I never felt truly good about my naps because even after enjoying that bit of downtime I would feel the guilt that everything wasn’t done, blaming my unnecessary break.
It’s not even just about naps. Any kind of letting go can almost be categorized as laziness when compared to the opposite approach of trying to force things to happen. Meditation time might be seen as a waste of time when there is so much to do.
Why I Believe in Laziness
I now believe in laziness. It is an excellent alternative to having a nervous breakdown or getting frustrated, angry, or upset that things aren’t working out. Instead of going to those negative places, I happily take a break to nap or meditate.
Brief naps and meditations are majorly more productive than hours and sometimes days, months, or years of replaying the same tapes of negativity in our minds. They are a good chance to hit the reset button and to take time refresh ourselves to get back to our tasks and work.
This isn’t an apathetic kind of laziness. It is a trusting that things will work out. Not because we don’t care enough to do anything, but because we trust that we are doing our part and that the rest is being handled.
Ever since I started choosing to let things go rather than get upset that they didn’t seem to be working out, magical things have happened. I can think of at least three times over the past week where something didn’t seem like it was going to work out or something was still on my list of things to do and I would get a phone call resolving the situation for me.
Life Gets Better, Even with Naps
The phone calls often arrived while I was napping or meditating. Which made me realize that things are working out in my favor even when I am sleeping, which is a really cool thought. I can be taking a break and my life can still be getting better.
I can happily say that I no longer feel bad about being lazy. Now, I feel good about my lazy moments. If something isn’t going as planned, I try to take a step back and lazily not care. Everything doesn’t have to be such a big deal and I am not responsible to fix every single thing this moment. Especially when it might get fixed without my intervening.
I believe that I have one job in any given moment: to feel good. Feeling good is my primary goal in life right now and probably for always. I clearly see that I can do the most good in my life and in the world by simply feeling good. Sometimes being lazy feels good, so I now give myself permission to be lazy when I feel like it.