Am I Lazy?

Comments: 2

I know, this doesn't have much to do with writing, more musings.

No one has ever accused me of being lazy, but I can remember a time as a kid, carrying in groceries from the car, when my dad said I was carrying a lazy man's load. I wondered what he meant by that. He explained that I was carrying in two bags to his one. And because of that, I was being lazy, not wanting to do more work (i.e. trips to the car) than necessary.

Now, that has stuck with me over the years. What exactly makes a person a lazy person?

In high school, my algebra teacher said lazy people make the best algebra students, because algebra has shortcuts to getting to the answer of the math problem. Now, I'm not sure I totally agree, but I can see what she meant. And I loved the short cuts algebra provided, but I still didn't do very well, grade-wise. Math wasn't my best subject. But then again, English wasn't either, LOL (but I loved writing).

Then, when I was learning to play the French horn and the saxophone the band director taught me alternate fingerings to help my technique. Alternate fingerings helped me to change notes more quickly than if I just used the normal fingerings. I guess I was lazy about that too, because I learned the alternate fingerings quickly and became pretty good at them.

So, my question remains, am I lazy? Or! Is being lazy necessarily a bad thing?

You decide and let me know.

About Paul West

Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a "Prune Picker," though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

You can follower him on Twitter: @PaulWWest

Published: Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Share this PostPin ThisShare on TumblrShare on Google PlusEmail This


  1. I would call you efficient, not lazy. And what I got out of your dad's saying was that he was calling himself lazy. I think in that case, the word lazy didn't apply to you.

  2. Dad, I think we're all lazy in one way or another...except maybe mom. Some things simply take too long and finding a shorter way around things is perfectly fine in my opinion. Now...if lazy equals sloppy...that's different. I love being lazy sometimes because darnit it just feels nice!