Two Opposing Senior Views: Activity vs. Inertia

Jun 18th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

For a considerable while following surgery, the temptation was large to give in to my body’s craving to do nothing. The minimum amount of activity would pull me into its lair and the sofa or bed would hold me in its trap.  Slowly, I got into a walking routine each day with our dogs and that began to offer some satisfaction, but by and large activity was kept at a minimum.  Ah, the luxury of being lazy and blaming it on my recovery from surgery.  Perfect! 

I have no idea the number of wonderful movies which gave me cause to lie or sit in comfortable recline while being mesmerized to do nothing.  Just push the remote, find the escape button and there you are once again transported into inertia.

Oh, don’t misunderstand. I would do a few menial chores now and then, but nothing requiring exertion.  After all, I was still recovering.  Likely, the truth is I was giving into my body and my psyche, which prefers inactivity over work.  It is so easy to surrender to the syndrome of idleness.

At last, came the breakthrough.  We retuned to our Texas property, which we continue to love and court, but like any partner requires care and attention, which translates into activity.  We are readying for a huge sale this weekend. Each day has required sorting and displaying and pricing and readying for that occasion.  Lots of lifting and arranging and doing stuff.  Lo and behold, I have enjoyed it.  Earlier in the week, I even rolled out the big zero turn mower and attacked several acres.  They look better and I found myself enjoying the doing thereof. 

So what’s the point in all of this?  Simple action is superior to inaction.  Keeping your body and mind alert and involved and at some endeavor is superior to surrendering to the couch.  So, throw down the gauntlet and become the slayer of the dragons that would pull you into their sleepy caves.  Be the master of the universe, except perhaps between 2 and 3 pm, which is a delicious time for a much needed nap.



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