Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid of standing still. Chinese proverb
Happiness consists in activity. It is a running steam, not a stagnant pool. O. W. Holmes
Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs and ends in iron chains… Charles Buxton
The sight of a stagnant pond is not only unpleasing, it is depressing as well. It has no apparent life or vitality. There are parallels between a stagnant pond and a stagnant life. We often allow our lives to become stagnant as a result of complacency, inactivity and lack of purposeful motivation. When this happens there is little energy or enthusiasm inspiring or propelling us to move forward.
Our inner self needs constant attention; it needs to be active and engaged. It should be involved in things that are exercising, stretching and developing it. We need to maintain a keen sensitivity to the differences between positive and negative, and desirable and undesirable activities. Active and directed people tend to acquire higher levels of joy and happiness than those who are suffering from stagnancy and complacency. The more involved we are the less time we have to complain and feel sorry for ourselves. Our inner self will find something to engage itself in. It can be engaged in positive, growth oriented mental activities, or it can be absorbed in stagnancy, negativity and non-productivity. The overall disposition and makeup of our inner self largely dictates the pace, energy and motivation in our lives. If we are inspired, life tends to be good. If we are apathetic and uninspired, life is dull, boring, and stagnant.
An active pond is full of vitality and has an abundance of energetic life. It is a happening and dynamic place; an exciting and wonderful place to observe. It is a shame that too many of these vibrant pools of life become stagnant and lifeless. As human beings we have to be on our toes to prevent ourselves from becoming stagnant. We need to be ever mindful and alert to the slow creep of indifference and boredom setting in.
The status quo and comfort zones are interrelated to our stagnancy. Overcoming and escaping them helps to prevent stagnancy. Our lives need to be fed with new and exciting things, adventure, and moments of success and even failure. We need to keep our life-waters from getting too tranquil and lazy. This requires having conscious control of our mindset and being actively involved in supervising and monitoring our mental and physical energies and activities. To avoid getting stagnant we must keep active, alert, and involved. Keep a mental image of a vibrant pond as a worthy reminder.
Challenge: You live in two worlds; the external life and the inside world of your mind. You have little or no control of what happens on the outside. However, you are responsible for managing your inner world. Someone has to be at the control center of your thoughts, actions, your self-discipline and motivation. You are that person. Be involved and actively involved in your life; have a sense of direction, purpose, and a mission to your life.
Wisdom: To be happy we must keep busy. Idleness soon becomes dreary and tiresome. If you keep busy enough, you won’t have time to think and worry about yourself. George Byron
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6
God has given us unique talents and abilities to be used for a purposeful life. He wants us to engaged and involved. We have what it takes to have lives rich with meaning and purpose. The raw material is there. He will guide, direct and help us in our efforts. We have to take responsibility and become good stewards of our lives. If we will listen and follow his directions, our lives will be active and dynamic, and definitely not stagnant.
Prayer: Help me to be involved and engaged in seeking your will in my life. Help me to be a good steward.