|I suppose that lazy people may be getting the most out of
life, but it's hard for me to imagine how. I can't imagine not
having any drive or ambition to accomplish anything, and having the desire
to engage only in passive activities, always being a spectator, never
acting. Laziness, in many cases, leads to poor health, low
self-esteem, lack of hope, and low self-confidence, among other things
that I just don't see. It also robs a person of a sense of
accomplishment, a sense of self-worth, and self-development. How are
you going to learn anything or pick up a new skill or develop a talent if
you're too lazy to get up and do something?
Many people are very harsh with lazy people, and I have to
admit that my initial thoughts about laziness are usually rather
judgmental. I know, though, that many people who seem to be lazy are
just picking a passive way of dealing with fears or insecurities or
frustrations--people with learning disabilities, for example, often seem
lazy because of the high levels of frustration they encounter when trying
to accomplish "simple" tasks. A person who's afraid of
other people or of social situations may choose a passive approach to
everything so that they won't have to take any risks. A slow learner
may prefer appearing lazy to appearing stupid--if I don't do the work at
all, no one will criticize my performance.
In addition, many people suffer from diseases or illnesses,
many undiagnosed, that may deprive them of energy and make it seem as if
they're being lazy. People with lyme disease or iron deficiencies or
any other such ailments may appear to be quite lazy, especially if they
forego activities that their friends and families partake in. These
problems are especially troublesome if they're undiagnosed, for no one can
see or know of a specific cause of a person's inactivity.
Of course, all of the possible causes (save the
physiological) don't justify a life without accomplishment. Nor does
knowing that you're being lazy because of fear compensate for what you
miss out on in life because of your unwillingness to act. The key to
dealing with laziness is taking action, and the key to taking action is
finding the motivation to do so. What do we do, though, when a
person simply doesn't want to be motivated to do anything? What do
we do about the person at work who isn't willing to do his or her
share of the current task? What do we do about the student
who doesn't do the homework because he or she prefers to lay
around, talking on the cell phone or watching TV?
And how do
we define "lazy"?
definition most certainly would be different than yours.
Of course, the
answers aren't simple. Most people have heard the lectures and the
begging and the pleading and the "it's your life--waste it in front
of the tube if you want to" spiels, and there's not much more we can
do. Hopefully, we can be understanding enough to help them to see
just what they're missing in life, and just how things could be if they
were to change their patterns of behavior. They're missing out on a
lot in life, and many of them don't realize just what they're missing,
because they've never experienced it. How can we motivate
them? How can we show them just what their lives would be like if
they were to take some risks, to act, to live their lives themselves
rather than vicariously through entertainment media?
I don't know
the answers to those questions, but I do know that if laziness is the
determiner of your behavior, then you're missing out on much of what this
beautiful world has to offer. Please take your place in the world
and be a positive influence to others. Help to teach others of the
beauty of living life and of being active in life, not the boredom and tedium of being lazy.
As a footnote,
one of the greatest tragedies for me to witness is the effect of lazy
parents on their children. I've seen many children growing up
slovenly and lazy because they've learned the patterns from their
parents. We need to be stronger role models to these kids than to
some others--we need to let them see how much the world offers, and help
them realize that they'll miss it all if they continue to emulate their
parents. It's difficult, but for their sake, it's necessary.