Once again I read that phrase “WORK HARD, PLAY HARD” as a command to readers to Grab Life By the Tail and “Just Do It”!
Boy, I am tired of that whole mentality. It is just SO American to encourage us (especially those working for a corporation) to be busy-busy-busy all the time. When you stop working at your office (or orchard or retail store or…) then you need to jump into some sports clothing and ..
Grab the Bike!
Saddle the Horse!
Snatch the Tennis Racket!
Dig out the Baseball Glove!
What ever happened to the value assigned to
Of examining a spider web in all its glory?
Of sipping coffee while imagining life after death?
Of writing a letter to a long lost friend?
Americans are so GO GO GO all the time. It’s killing us, everyone complains of being too busy, stress is creating health problems…. yet we cannot let go of that thought that if you are not DOING SOMETHING PHYSICAL (and preferably competitive) you are wasting your life.
OK, I admit it…. deep down I’m lazy. I say, let’s create a LAZY CLUB and never have a meeting! Homework assignment: Sit for at least 30 minutes and don’t do ANYTHING. (Don’t even write a blog….)
Let’s hear it for dirty houses and unmowed lawns.
Let’s hear it for the quiet sound of:
Tennis rackets sitting in the corner
Bike wheels still as a mouse
Girths untightened and saddles resting on their racks
Sneakers hiding in the dark closet
The un-rustle of newspapers gathering dust on the coffee table
Dishes sitting in the sink
Now that’s my kind of quiet. Take a deep breath. Hear your heart beat. Think of old times. Picture your loved ones. Pet your cat. Exercise your eyebrows if you must. Up down, up down….
And maybe if you are feeling particularly unsettled at all this quiet…smell a flower loudly. It will give you a false sense of doing something.. yet it is a truly and wonderfully lazy activity.
LAZY “UN-AMURRICANS” UNITE!
Take back life.