A friend recently told me she had been a bum all weekend. Instead of working, she had taken the weekend off, relaxed and simply enjoyed herself.
Her use of the word bum struck me as curious. The word bum has strong negative connotations. Miriam-Webster defines a bum as “one who sponges off others and avoids work.” Is it somehow bad or shameful to pause and relax? Do we live in a world that demands we constantly be productive?
I hope not. All of us need time to pause and catch our breath, to rejuvenate. When we are constantly striving at work, at home, and in life to accomplish the next objective, we preclude ourselves from accessing our own wisdom about life, relationships, work and happiness. Watching TV for 8 hours straight isn’t likely to help you come to terms with your life, but quiet relaxation, a walk in the woods, or time spend with those you love might.
Why? Because we connect to our wisdom not in the hectic rush but in the quiet moments. We connect to our wisdom when we give ourselves permission to “be a bum.”
Next weekend, be a bum.