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
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
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"?
My definition most certainly would be different
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
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.