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I Am Such a Slug (Satire)

I am such a slug (lazy person). I feel as if I waste a lot of time. I feel as if I must always be "doing" something. I find that if I am not doing something productive, or writing something of grand value to someone, then I am idle and lazy, and my words are meaningless.

I often wonder if this is simply cultural, whether learned from family, country, maturity levels, or world views.

I grew up at a time where hard work was clearly defined in one way. Yet, often times, the person defining it would assign jobs to someone else with "less value," far out-reaching their capabilities at that moment. When they failed to live up to expectations without proper example, the "minion" was criticized, demeaned and often abused for being anything less than perfect.

Today, one of my biggest struggles is seeing the value of doing "nothing," as it is actually "something":

  • We need to sleep to function. I fight sleep to try to accomplish more, which usually is not the case.
  • We need fresh air and exercise. I stay inside thinking that if I take an hour for a walk, there is no evidence of productivity.
  • We need to laugh with the company of friends. I will sometimes decline invitations because I feel guilty taking time away from things that I "should" get done.

I know that there are others who feel the same way, who experience things similarly. I see many Americans who are in my age bracket (Baby Boomers) who struggle with this, as I do. I wonder if others from other countries and in my same age bracket feel the same way.

I also ponder on the idea of how this is changing in our society, as the aging part of our population is in the twilight of life. The younger generations are redefining what "hard work" means, and setting new standards on the importance that "leisure time" holds, or changing what various other values mean to us in our society and culture.

I am curious if this is changing as drastically in other countries, as it has in the United States in the last century. Perhaps these changes seem more drastic in other countries, because of the influence this country has on the world and how technology has made that influence much more instantaneous.

Even as I write this, I am thinking about which direction I could take this idea. I could be accused of wasting a lot of time doing so. Some might tell me that I "cannot analyze everything." Others might tell me to "stop being lazy and get to work."

My mother would have shaken her head in disgusted misunderstanding of me. She may have questioned how "contemplating one's navel" would hold any value in the grand scheme of life.

Yes, this morning I was up at six o'clock after two hours of sleep. But I have been extremely lazy in the past 18 1/2 hours. I have:

  • Answered emails (at least 50).
  • Read and commented for several hours on different blogs I follow, as well as Persona Paper.
  • Written and submitted several articles.
  • Cooked a meal to help out a friend.
  • Went to the library to return a DVD.
  • Met a friend for coffee and conversation.
  • Went to my elderly friend's home and went to the garden to gather produce for dinner.
  • Helped prepare dinner, and dined with my friend and his son.
  • Went to the grocery store for a few items.
  • Came home, put things away into the cupboards, and watched an episode of the final season of Boardwalk Empire.
  • Fell asleep on the couch for an hour and a half.
  • Caught up with my notifications here at Persona Paper, reading and commenting.
  • Writing this final article before I turn the lights off.
  • Done some other things that would be inappropriate for me to share.

I think that it is about time that I get up from the comfort of my bed, get my shower, and stay up all night working on things I should not have left undone today.

It really IS a shame that I am such an indolent person and do not accomplish much. Don't you agree?

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MegL wrote on June 28, 2015, 7:21 AM

Such a shame! I have heard it called the Protestant work ethic but people of many religions and none have it. I try to turn it round. Sitting in the garden in the sun for 15 minutes? I am working to increase my vitamin D level. Going for a lunch with a friend? I am strengthening my network of contacts. Going for a walk? I am increasing my lung capacity and providing load bearing exercise for my bones to avert osteoporosis.

inertia4 wrote on June 28, 2015, 8:10 AM

CoralLevang Well, you are not alone in how you think and feel. I used to be that way. I always felt that I had to be doing something substantial in order to feel like something was getting accomplished. I did find out that being on the go is not what its all about. Just sitting and writing an article here is being productive. Talking a walk is actually being productive, for health reasons. I grew up when work was considered hands on. Psychical work. That has definitely been redefined in later years without a doubt. You're far from lazy. So am I but I still see myself that way. And those things that couldn't be shared are also being productive. There is a bigger picture here.

CoralLevang wrote on June 28, 2015, 11:04 AM

MegL I actually do the same thing. Someone once asked me, "Can/Must you always find something good in the negative?" I shall never forget when I decided to change my way of thinking, I did something as an "experiment." My boss came in and started berating me about a mistake I made. When he was done, I looked at him and smiled and said, "Okay, thank you for pointing out this so that I can do better here. But now, I need you to tell me something that I do well. My psyche needs it. I am fine with you telling me where I need to improve, but from now on, I need the balance." He stood there, stunned. He never did tell me what I did well, but he stopped berating me after twice my telling him my psyche was damaged and I needed him to help me. LOL

CoralLevang wrote on June 28, 2015, 11:10 AM

inertia4 *nods* I know. It's why I write this satirically. I didn't even mention that I do all of this and fight cancer daily, too! (Think Wonder Woman! LOL)_

I came to the tendency fair and square. My mom used to tell me, "Stop talking and start working." Or "You would get so much more done if you worked instead of flapping your jaw." Of course, I was the firstborn and the most talkative of all five of her kids, though I have one sister who is much younger who rivals me. I think she does more of it, but it wasn't seen so "bad" coming from her. Anyway, before mom passed 4 years ago, I had a conversation with her. I think this comment is getting long enough, so I shall turn it to an article in the next day or so. emoticon :winking:

PriscillaKing wrote on June 28, 2015, 4:35 PM


BarbRad wrote on June 28, 2015, 11:52 PM

Sounds to me like you got a lot done. I got a few household chores done, read a bit, watched the updates on the capture of the killer in New York, and wrote one post here. Other than that I haven't done much online. Still have a blog to do tonight and another blog half done to finish for Review This by tomorrow night. Yet here I am trying to catch up here.

CoralLevang wrote on June 29, 2015, 3:43 AM

PriscillaKing emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on June 29, 2015, 3:44 AM

I remember an old saying that seems to be appropriate....The hurrier I go, the behinder I get. Seems to be the story of my life.

AliCanary wrote on June 29, 2015, 8:28 AM

Well, Girl, you HAVE been productive. And there may be those who tell you to take a break, and maybe you need to, or maybe you don't. What I will say is this: You need to be able to FEEL GOOD about what you are doing. You might be the type of get-'er-done individual who just goes like a house afire, and we certainly need people like you. But I want you to ENJOY being productive, because God knows I do, when I actually get off my can and have one of my "getting-stuff-done" days. I don't want you to feel joylessly driven to not "waste time".

So, if you feel better being busy, that's good; if you are only busy because you feel guilty not being busy, that's not good. If you feel good being busy but are weirdly making yourself feel bad because you think maybe you shouldn't be so busy, that's not helping you at all and you should cut that sh** out. If you really do need a break to sit around and do absolutely nothing, then take a day off and TRY to enjoy it. But since having coffee with a friend and running pleasant errands like going to the library are both productive and relaxing, I think you're doing fine--just try to FEEL better about it. That's my two cents, anyway emoticon :tongue:
Oh yeah, and get some $%%& ^*(* sleep!!! That part you can't work around.

CoralLevang wrote on June 29, 2015, 8:52 AM

AliCanary I love it when you take charge and crack your whip with me. Are you wearing those cool black boots, too? ROFLMAO emoticon :tongue:

AliCanary wrote on June 29, 2015, 9:11 AM

Yep, your favorites!

CoralLevang wrote on June 29, 2015, 9:13 AM

Yes, Mistress AliCanary ! Your wish is my command.

Oh, gawd. Did I just say that? I don't think I would kowtow very well, even to one so worthy as you!

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