Cute little paradox huh. Cats always land on their feet and toast always seem to land buttered side down, so strap them to one another and have perpetual energy!
Something else that’s cute and a paradoxical figment of our imagination, laziness. Don’t get me wrong you’ve been lazy, everybody you know has been lazy, and God knows I have. So, it is important to have specific definitions of laziness. Let’s say simplistically that laziness breaks down into relaxation and procrastination.
Relaxation is leisurely enjoying your ability to not carry out any tasks. Procrastination is an attempt to extract said enjoyment in the face of impending responsibility. Dividing the latter even further, it’s one thing to procrastinate a task that somebody else holds you accountable for, e.g. turning in an assignment to a professor, washing the dishes for your mom. It is quite another to procrastinate tasks set out by yourself, for your own motivations.
It’s easy to choose the instant gratification of laziness over the long term gains of hard work. If you choose the former over the latter, without a thought of remorse or apprehension then this post doesn’t mean much, and your life is pretty swell as it is. But, if you do struggle with the forgoing the latter then there’s some good news yet. The laziness? It’s all made up. It’s all in your head.
You decide every morning whether your bed is too warm to get out of or not (and let’s be honest, warm beds when you know you should wake up are treacherous). Maybe this sentence doesn’t make the impact that it should convey? Back to the buttered cat then.
Is perpetual energy possible? Not according to the laws of physics, but humans, like you and I, aren’t governed by them. No, not like we can defy gravity and leap over buildings, but our consciousness is not governed by such laws. Specifically the fact that we can point our efforts in the direction we choose. My power as a conscious being allows me to become an expert at something. I can of my own volition put 10,000 hours into a task of my choosing, yes it will be hard, yes there will be lots of times when I don’t want to, but ultimately the only thing between me and a goal is me.
I can choose to be a pool of molten metal, or I can forge myself into something more. I am the blacksmith as well as the metal and that is extremely empowering.
As for the choosing of such a task to devote your time to, more on that later.