PLEASE NOTE: This is an old post. I wrote this many years ago as a young(er) and dumb(er) me. While it may still hold value, and could be worth the read (I mean, I wasn’t that dumb), I would suggest you not judge the content or quality of the rest of the site on this post. Come now, you weren’t the best ever when you were younger were ya? Cut a guy some slack.
In a world of constantly striving for efficiency (do as much as possible with as little effort as possible) it’s amazing how much we wear ourselves out.
At this time of year with people in the transition between finishing college and starting a job, this is a thought I’ve been contemplating. Oh the irony. We are worn out and stressed out because of our ambitions to do less. We work to not work.
The sad part is though that we truly are all “worn out.” Indeed, we’re so lazy that are greatest goals and aspirations that we work for are to actually work less? Huh? Gee… don’t be so ambitious. You’re gonna make everyone else look bad with goals like that.
I hear so many people saying, “I can’t wait to just relax. I just need to relax!” And I think, “From what?” What are we recovering from??? Especially in this society, what do we do that’s not easy???
I’m no workaholic, and I believe in rest, recovery, and relaxation. But I believe in living a life of intention and purpose in eeevery second. So even if my relaxation is just for the purpose of relaxation, then it’s not worth a thing. I can’t do that. If I don’t know what I’m relaxing from or for – replenishing the system for something coming up – then why would I stop and relax?
Just a thought.
I would love to understand a simple person’s mind. I can’t. So when I wonder, “Okay, where’s the Truth in a matter such as this?” I turn to the Answer Book that’s never told me anything but the Truth. So I find something like this: Proverbs 13:4. And then this which, starting in verse six, implies we humans could learn a lot from ants: Proverbs 6:10-11. Yet I haven’t even listed the more typical quotes such as the exhortations to “work heartily at all we do…” in Ephesians and Colossians and I haven’t even come at this from a “creation and curse” type of standpoint. That’d be something like, “Your creator worked” (Gen 2:2-3), “Yea but it’s easy for him, it was our curse tho!” (Gen 3:23) “Was it really? Caause even before…” (Gen 2:15)
I am totally aware of the common theme of “we all do too much and never rest,” and I would actually equally agree we suck at “rest” – but that’s a different matter altogether. I would simply pose the question though that maybe the problem is not that we do too much, but that we’ve conditioned ourselves to do very little and feel like it’s a lot… and to desire to do very little in the first place. Truly we are limited to being “worn out” from what we did, perhaps yes, but could it be our work capacity is just conditioned to be less than what it actually should be? Perhaps that is the real issue at hand.
Just a thought. I’d love to know some more thoughts on this.