“Evil exists when good people fail to act.”
Sloth is one of the seven deadly sins and in my opinion, the deadliest sin. It’s described as spiritual and emotional apathy; a condition in which you neglect all your duties and become inactive in all matters requiring both action and choice. Simply put, you are lazy. In my opinion, it is the worse sin because it’s the gateway sin to all the others.
You can easily reach a Sloth condition, the only thing you need to do is, well…nothing. This may result in “not inheriting the earth” and probably not getting much done either.
Most of us know the danger of reaching such a state but we’re all prone to it by failing to act when it matters. The reality is that sloth is a condition that gets developed over time (no one becomes a sloth overnight) and it sticks with you, like a bad habit.
Since bad habits take time to acquire, salvation is at hand! There are a few warning signs you can heed and certain behaviors you can avoid to prevent you from reaching this stage, a sort of 5 anti-sloth commandments:
1# Don’t stay in your comfort zone
Your comfort zone is the place where you will remain when you fail to evolve. In your comfort zone, you may still get things done, but are neglecting your potential. You become apathetic to new challenges and activities that would otherwise propel you forward.
Leaving your comfort zone is everything that you need to do but refuse to, why? It requires either a change in your old habits or trying new things altogether. There are many ways to change a habit and ease yourself out of the comfort zone, learn while you can.
2# Don’t fear failure
Some people, when prodded, explain that they are lazy because they are afraid of failure. According the Bible, failure is like a lion roaming the streets. People are afraid to venture out in the streets, let along try to tame the lion (fear) thus commuting the deadliest sin.
Rather than letting your fear succumb you to laziness, learn to tame it.
3# Don’t be a sloth to spite
There are people who are perfectly capable yet sloth nonetheless. For example, in the workplace, some employees don’t like their employer, are not happy for one reason or another; and decide to be lazy on purpose, just to spite their boss.
Not doing your job at work or slacking, if you will, will not hurt your employer in the long run. It will only hurt you. In time, your employer will terminate you and you will be the one hurt. If you do have a concern with someone; being lazy to spite it not the answer. Similarly, a child may be upset that he did not get the latest XBOX and not do his chores to spite; in the long run it’s the child that will be hurt.
If you have issues with someone, a conversation is the best way to raise any issues to the surface. You may not always reach agreement, but at least you can part as professionals which will leave your integrity intact.
4# “Slothing” is not a goal, It’s the deadliest sin
Some of us (myself included), are productive at work, yet when we come home, we may just want to be lazy. Be careful of this mistake. In the process, your laziness will impact your loved ones. Aspiring to get back home to sloth around will only lead to domestic hell (It’s the deadliest sin for a reason, right?). Dishes will pile up, your kids will grow wild and your spouse will eventually deliver you a file ;-). While I’m all for unwinding after a hard day’s work, there’s a time and place to do so, and it’s after everything you had to do gets done.
5# Don’t look for the easy way out
“The growth of virtues is the enemy of laziness”
People often mistake doing less for being more efficient. As we advance technologically, we’re always on the lookout for easier ways to do things. Some of us mistake that for less work and less output. This becomes a habit which in reality is just laziness.
We should be looking for ways to get more output; actually doing more work but more effectively. Working less should not be the objective.
Until next time.