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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