September 17    

Today's quotation:

Probably the most honest "self-made person" ever was the one we heard say:  "I got to the top the hard way-- fighting my own laziness and ignorance every step of the way."

James Thom

Today's Meditation:

Oh my goodness--how often I want to take the easy way out!  It seems to be human nature to want to stay lazy and stay in ignorance because that's definitely the easiest course of all.  But being lazy doesn't get the house built or the novel written or the groceries bought (though now that it's so easy to get our groceries delivered so that someone else can make money off the delivery, it is very possible to stay at home and do nothing but click a few times on a website to get something like that done).

Whenever we find ourselves being lazy, whenever we find out that we're ignorant of something or another, we're faced with the dilemma of doing something about it or just letting it lie.  If we accept our laziness and ignorance, though, we're simply taking an easy road that requires nothing of us.  We don't have to do anything, and we don't have to learn anything.  That's why we have to fight these two traits constantly, for if we don't, they'll win out and we'll plod through life in a mediocre way that doesn't improve life for ourselves or for the other people in our lives.

We really do like to blame life for many of our problems, when the fact of the matter is that we're often responsible for them ourselves.  We don't dare to think that our failures may be a result of our own actions-- or inaction.  A result of our own ignorance, not knowing what needs to be done or how to do it; or our own laziness, an unwillingness to start up with something that we may not be able to finish, or that we may not want to undertake because of the effort necessary.

I am sometimes lazy.  If I don't admit it, I'd be lying.  But I do fight against that laziness, and I do make sure that I'm making an effort when I need to do so.  And I am often ignorant.  I simply don't know everything, and when I admit my ignorance I also admit my responsibility to learn what I need to learn to destroy that ignorance.  Neither of these actions always come easily, but I find them both necessary if I want to push my life past the mundane and the safe, and allow it to grow into what it wants to grow into.

Questions to consider:

Of which things are you ignorant?  How does that ignorance make you feel?

In which situations do you feel the most lazy?  Why?  What do you do about it?

What are some of the negative effects of laziness and ignorance?

For further thought:

Lazy people, whatever the talents with which they set out, will have condemned themselves to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends.

Cyril Connolly

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