DEPRESSION

Laziness is not an option

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Laptops, large, little, laughter, loud, love, later, laziness, learning, libraries, less, life, light, limits, lines,, logic, loyal,

 So many choices. Love would be an easy pick, way too easy. I love libraries and learning. I like to laugh. Less is more. I like the fact that there are limits. I am a very logical thinker. I like little things.

But I’m settling on laziness. The reason is paradoxical. It’s not because I have much experience with laziness. That’s precisely the point. I wish I were-lazier I mean.

It’s the week-end and as the bedroom lit up with sunshine, I thought, “Hey, why don’t I put my coffee in a thermos and bring it up to the bedroom, look at some magazines, drink my coffee and start the day slowly”? Of course, that didn’t happen.  I started thinking about all the projects I had on my list that had to be crossed off by the end of the day. After all, lists are what keep me going. Oops, maybe I should change course because “lists” starts with “L”. I’ll stick with laziness for now.

I have friends who tell me that every once in awhile they keep their pajamas on the whole day and just indulge themselves. I never have. I do remember a day about six months ago that I woke up not feeling good, feeling crummy in fact.  The weather was gloomy and nothing was too pressing so I gathered together my favorite junk food, decided to catch up on an entire TV series and pretty much blew away most of the day. I totally indulged myself. But I was sick. That doesn’t count, does it?

The truth is I do not like lazy people. Never have. Lazy people take advantage of other’s industriousness. Lazy people complain when they don’t have what other’s have even though their own laziness is the cause. There are no lazy people within my circle of friends. (There is one or two among my circle of relatives, however.)  

I haven’t mentioned depression during this month of thankfulness. Of course you wouldn’t expect me to, would you? Actually, I’ve learned that depression can be a gift if it changes us for the better.  There is a connection between laziness and chaos. Stay with me here.  Laziness can lead to chaos and chaos is an absolute no-no if you struggle with depression. Therapists and experts are pretty much in agreement here. 

But even with the above being true, there are times we would all do better if we lightened up and took a day off. Life doesn’t always have to be a to do list.  Some days we absolutely should choose laziness. It’s good to give ourselves a break.  So today I’m thankful for the few days when I choose laziness. I’ll pick a day after the Holidays because I have way too much to do:

Paint the doorway white (Renovation still in progress)

Paint the banister black, leave post white. (Saw it on Pinterest. The letter “P” is going to be so-o-o-easy.)

Unload some more boxes (William Morris, a famous interior designer, said “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.)

Laundry (Lots of painting clothes)

Make a list for Christmas shopping (I don’t even want to think about it.)

Finish a sweater I’m knitting (just realized I read the directions for the front rather than the back and so the back is about three inches too short.)

Pay some bills (If I can find them)

Visit my mom (Not a problem)

Make a grocery list for Thanksgiving (Plans still unsettled, but we need leftovers so cooking no matter where we go.)

Vacuum (Dust still settling from having our floors refinished)

A day of laziness is looking better and better!