State of Inaction – A Perspective on Idleness

For a long time, I did a lot of nothing. Time would pass and I would have nothing to show for it. I got tired of the nothingness so I dove into doing everything. Doing this, I found myself busy but again, nothing to show for all this valuable time spent. I had no idea what I was doing (still don’t) but I took inventory of my life and where I wanted it to go.

Now, most times I think I have a busy schedule, organized by the goals I want to accomplish based on an ever-evolving personal vision. I try to give myself quiet time but this is different than being idle. When I think of being idle, I think of the lost opportunity to grow. A trade-off of time for nothing that, I think, results in a cycle of idleness from seeing lack of growth.

A habit of idleness

Idleness is a habit, developed over time, that can be overturned when we decide to take charge of our own choices. We can think of the mind as a muscle, it needs to be active and engaged to be sharp. Idleness robs us of this sharpness, we lose opportunities to make the right choices and result in situations that take us backward or something we might regret.

Journey out of idleness

I think the best start to something new is taking small steps. Finding our way out of an idle life begins with a decision to change. Something as simple as picking up a book can lead to bigger things.

This can lead to learning, a great way to keep the mind sharp and can be fun. Have you ever thought, “I wish I knew that language.” If so, what’s stopping you from starting? Start small, learn the numbers from 1 – 10, or simple words like colors and foods. Learn to play an instrument, I bet you could play a small tune using a few notes over and over in about 2 weeks. It’s true, try it. Learning is the best way to keep our mental abilities performing the best they can.

If we want to try something different, try to copy, by hand, sections of books you like. If you’re religious, copy sections of religious text. It’s a good way to connect with the author and get a feeling for how they write. It keeps you engaged in a mental and physical state at the same time.

Final thoughts

Life can be full of the mundane actions that must be done, there’s no way around that but we don’t have to let that get in the way of growing. We are given opportunities each day to change, all we have to do is reach out and take it. Starting small and building ourselves up from there is a great way of keeping our motivation and desire.