LAZINESS

Early on a Sunday morning, before we even had our cod-fish, (A Bermuda Tradition) my father would often welcome us to lie in his bed and he would tell us stories, which he was good at doing!

One of his and our favorites was about the man who, on a Sunday morning went to put his donkey in harness, only to have the donkey say to him: “You work me all the week and you work me Sundays too”.  Naturally, he respected Sundays and solidified that point with his story.

The Book of Proverbs has numerous verses of Scripture that issues warning on laziness.  In the process of rebuking those who are too lazy to get out of their own way, we read in 26:13, 14, “The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion in the road!  A lion is in the open square!  As the door turns on its hinges, so does the sluggard on his bed’.”  I guess that when I read that, I imagine that the guy who thought the reason our “doze alarms” exist on our clocks is because “just a few more minutes” justifies our laziness.  Why set it in the first place?  I know what time I have to “get in gear” to deal with the traffic on route 10 and be to work on time.

The next few verses are even more obnoxious to a lazy person.  “The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is weary of bringing it to his mouth again.  The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can give a discreet answer.”

Those of us who have had the pleasure of raising children will, on occasion, recall our little ones sitting at the table, or in a high-chair, endeavoring to eat their meal, all the while falling asleep and dropping the spoon.  That probably was not “laziness”, that was sleepiness.

My father occasionally had someone that he employed.  However, if dad failed to go and retrieve the individual on a morning, he was guaranteed not to have that individual for the day.  You are free to call that “tireditis or lazyitis”.  Agree with me or disagree with me, I have to believe that the Covid 19, thought through, is revealing a large number of people with their hand in the cookie jar, but too tired to withdraw it.

Do you enjoy being what you are, or are you one who enjoys work as your lifestyle?

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