“Despise everything that useless toil creates as an ornament and an object for beauty.” – Seneca
Many of us have likely looked forward to a day where we no longer have to work, we can kick back and sip a beverage in the sun and just enjoy doing nothing. The problem with not working is that it will literally kill most of us.
We are made to work. Sure we can enjoy some well deserved down time but if we are honest with ourselves, if we really pay attention to what makes us happy, we will recognize that we are made to be productive.
We are made to be useful, when we do not feel useful we stagnate, when we stagnate our health declines. The reasons for this aren’t terribly well understood at this point. It likely has something to do with a sedentary lifestyle, poor health choices related to diet and sleep patterns and increased risk of depression and other mental health issues.
Regardless of the reasons, being idle is bad for our health. This doesn’t mean we need to be working right up until the day we die nor does it mean that we can’t enjoy some down time. But we should avoid feeling stagnant, we should avoid feeling useless, and we should avoid the illusion that leisure is better than productivity.
We should get some exercise daily, we should read to learn, we should build things, make things, create art, make new friends, and be involved in our communities.
And we should do these things daily.
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