The Art of Laziness
It seems weird to write something about laziness. I should probably just stop writing this half way through and go back to scrolling on Instagram to get my point across. But what’s the fun in that? How could I deprive you of such a groundbreaking post? I couldn’t do that to you.
I got a part time worship leader position at my church over the summer. Naturally that came with some schedule changes. It’s only part time so I’m still working my other job. But after moving some things around, I’ve been left with three days off every week. This is what I had been dreaming of. More time! To do all of those…….things I can do. What things? I’m not so sure, but the point is now I finally have the time to do them. Whatever they are.
Problem is, I haven’t.
Now we’re getting into the holiday season. And in the grocery biz, that means busy season. So while I was pondering my schedule I noticed I was scheduled an extra day one week. “Eh, it’s just a fluke.” That is, until the next week’s schedule came out and there it was again…that extra day. “Well great now I have even less time to do those… those things. Only two days off? I had so many things I needed to do and now there’s no way I can get to it all…whatever it is.”
It’s times I say things like this I feel really bad for Lauren. Lucky for me we’re already married so she’s stuck with all of the dumb things I can say. I was sure to lock that down before she could realize how stupid I can actually be. That’s the trick guys, you’ve got to…never mind, I’ll save that conversation for another time.
So what’s the problem? I’m freaking out about only having two days off. You know, like the amount of time a normal person has off work? I was reading from a study on Proverbs recently and one of the days was titled “Diligence and Laziness”…woof. This is how it described diligence.
“Godly diligence is the pursuit of contributing beauty, goodness, and truth in whatever ways we can.”
Well I would’ve done that, but now I surely won’t have the time.
Something else stuck out to me when I was reading Gumption by Nick Offerman. In a chapter on Benjamin Franklin, he quotes Franklin saying, “Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure…Leisure is time for doing something useful; this leisure the diligent man will obtain, but the lazy man never.”
What stuck out to me after reading that was this blog. I posted more on here when I was working full time, volunteering every weekend to play at my church, and planning a wedding than I have the past four months. I was given more free time but have had none of the discipline to take advantage of it. It’s a pretty crummy feeling when you figure that out. Especially when it takes that free time being taken away for you to realize it.
Now I’m not saying I’m going to start getting up early every morning and check ten things off my to do list before 9 o’clock. I’m sure I’ll run out of things pretty quick. But what I’m getting at is being intentional with the free time we’re given. There’s a big difference in the Saturdays Lauren and I have off and we have things planned to do. “Let’s go for a hike today.” “Let’s go get some coffee and read.” “Let’s go buy some new records.”…Great, now I just want to go do all of those things. As opposed to,
“Hey, what should we do today?”
“I don’t know, what do you want to do?”
I still enjoy the idea of a lazy day; I think sometimes it can be really refreshing to do nothing. I’m sure I’ll start being more intentional with my free time. Maybe tomorrow.