As I read the chapter on “Laziness” in 31 Days to Clean I had an internal struggle –

Yes, Belinda you are lazy. 

Nahh, you just find balance in your life. 

Maybe I do procrastinate. 

I was reminded of a time when I studied Anger – I didn’t think I was angry until I did a word study and found that frustration and anger are the same emotion – only frustration is a smaller expression of anger.  I had no excuses; I had to work on my frustrations/anger.  I wonder if there are other words I may be more “comfortable” with in describing my activity levels, other than lazy, and yet really are one and the same.

Lazy, Indolent, Idle, Lethargic, Sluggish, Slothful,

Laid-back, Apathetic, Inactive, Inoperative,

Unoccupied, Redundant, Unused, Still,

Immobile, Unenergetic, Slow, Dreamy,

Droopy, Sleepy, Drowsy, Dormant, Sedentary,

Deskbound, Static, Inert, Lifeless, Offhand,

Casual, Careless, Negligent, Slipshod, indifferent …

In studying the thesaurus in this way I also noticed the opposites, the antonyms – these are certainly words that I want to describe me.  And I can see that I am not always these things… so therefore I must be lazy at least some of the time.

Energetic, Industrious, Working, Vigorous,

Active, Moving, Conscientious, Efficient, Quick

The thing for me is that I am industrious, active and conscientious on the things that I want to be.  Once again it is the same as with anger – I don’t express anger if life is going my way!  I am not lazy if I am doing what I want to do.  But life isn’t like that. There are things, my responsibilities, that I have to fulfil and being lazy about it won’t get it done.  Neither will being indifferent, inactive, or laid-back.

I had a quick review of the character trait of Enthusiasm via Character First.

Enthusiasm:  expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort.  The opposite of enthusiasm is apathy.

Here are some key thoughts from Character First with my notes in brackets.

  • I will be an energy giver (As mum I set the tone, if I’m energetic, enthusiastic and focused with my responsibilities, it flows onto my children ).
  • I will smile (my face reflects my heart)
  • I will treat every job as important (not just the things I like to do)
  • I will put my whole heart into what I do (I need to believe that this task is important, and I need to focus on it, use my whole strength of body, soul and mind to complete it. – if it isn’t important than I need to remove it from my to-do list.)
  • I will not be discouraged by failure (I have created habits of laziness, or carelessness, or apathy; it will take time to replace those habits with new habits of enthusiasm – just keep on practicing.)

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