Recently I read “The Myth of Laziness” by Mel Levine, M.D. I appreciated a very important takeaway idea. Sometimes children or adults have a failure or breakdown in the systems that lead to meaningful output or productivity. We may then avoid trying to output or produce again. That avoidance then gets labeled, “lazy”. We may call ourselves lazy or others may identify us as such. Or maybe we have labeled someone else.
Today, perhaps we could practice generosity of spirit and granting the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps we could seek to identify exactly where the breakdown occurs for us or another person and refrain from the use of the label “lazy”. Hopefully we can see ourselves and others as deserving of grace and tools to help us develop our potential.