Not that I’d know, what with the crazy amounts of homework and getting-paid-for-it work and eating and cleaning and you know…life… BUT I have to agree with this little kitty that sometimes the best thing you can do for your mind, body and peace of …well Mind…is to just do NOTHING. For even 10 minutes, for an hour, for a day, for a week, for how long you need to recharge those body and/or mind-batteries. Resting and “being lazy” is no more a moral reflection upon your personal character than eating food in public is an automatic pass for others to judge you.
Despite the desperate puritanical striving of our culture to ALWAYS be productive, be doing something, be active and Never Sit Still or risk hellfire damnation (or catcalls about being lazy and whatnot); I really don’t think God is going to come down with anger in their stance and a cattle-prod in hand to move you into Non-Sin for daring to rest! I mean come on, even God rested on Sunday after CREATING the entirety of the world as we know it folks. Why then is it so ingrained into our minds that never can a moment of rest be had without overwhelming guilt, especially if we are created in the image of a Greater Being who had no qualms about taking some time to sit back and reflect upon things done and recharge those creative juices. And all that discourse is assuming of course a Christian view of the world. Yet even those who don’t even ascribe to such beliefs STILL find themselves sucked into this moral dichotomy of Action is Good and Sloth is Bad!
So as we in the Northeast of the US are seeing the first peeks of “HOPE” in the form of melting snows and glimpses of sun between gray clouds and are feeling so cabin-feverish I am prescribing for you a moment of relaxation. I know that like those little birds starting to clear out their nests we might start feeling that need to rustle our home feathers and Clean! Organize! Act Now! but no matter how much of that spring cleaning mentality ends up taking over your mind (battling with the trepidation that still lingers in the fear that this winter is still far from over) don’t forget to take those moments, that day, that time to just STOP and do the sort of Nothing that can be Spectacularly Awesome.
Part of loving your body is learning to respect that it isn’t a machine capable of running non-stop at full swing without a chance to recharge. Oh, and don’t feel you have to get “such and such” done FIRST either, that’s just a cycle that you know is bound to continue forever and never end with you getting any relaxation in. I will be taking my own advice this weekend and be putting my own body’s relaxation first for a few hours at least too.
Oh and for you nay-sayers, for those of you who are convinced that any unoccupied moment is a sinful proof of moral ineptitude? Well all I can say is: May a Bird of Paradise Fly Up your Nose!