“Go out and get busy” is a famous line by Dale Carnegie, a self-help expert. In high school and college years, being busy is used as a way to describe and relate to stress. Opportunities were often turned down because a person was too “busy.” Our idea of “busy” relates to doing mental work, and having less time for anything physical. How does this help our work ethic when we finish college? It trains our bodies to want to rest, and when we have time off from work, we pig out in front of the television letting Netflix “continue” because we are even too lazy to hit “next.” What does this do to our minds? It creates a lethargic attitude, causing a greater likelihood for depression. When we keep our bodies busy, we create internal happiness. When your body is in motion, you release natural endorphins that encourage a good mood and better stamina for mental work in the future. Outside of Trinity, this can be done by volunteering or working a job. Whether or not we hate it, the social interactions and physical business we partake in will help us to live how we were meant; good for the heart and the soul.
At Trinity, this attitude is embraced and integrated into our daily schedule and mindset that we, as life coaches, encourage the clients to embrace. Having a strict time schedule leaves little time to dwell on problems, and encourages the clients to focus their time on what is important: healing.
When we can step outside of ourselves in a healthy way, we are actually refocusing ourselves on what is important. We tend to get caught up in how much we have to do, how much more healing we have left to go through, how much we don’t want to go through the pain, and how we just want to do nothing to get away from our problems.
What is the problem with doing nothing? Nothing, really, when we deserve it. “I just need to veg out for a bit” is a phrase that is common. What have we done to deserve to be stagnant? Sure we all enjoy watching a movie or tv every now and then, and that is not a bad thing! But there is so much more being stagnant. What used to be a reward for working hard and accomplishing our work is now what we “deserve” when we haven’t done anything.