Ask Yourself Three Whys
The opposite of work is idleness. But very few of us know what to do with idleness. When you look at the way we distribute our lives in general, you realize that in the periods in which we have a lot of money, we have very little time. And then when we finally have time, we have neither the money nor the health.
We spend the majority of our lives searching - searching for time, searching for money, or searching for health. I am no exception. But why?
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." -- Henry David Thoreau
When faced with a dilemma, ask yourself three whys in a row. For the first why, you will likely have a good answer. The second why, it starts getting difficult. By the third why, you don't really know why you're doing what you're doing. Maybe you will even come to the question, for what? What am I doing this for?
There comes a time when you have to have the courage now -- not in a week, not in two months, not when you find out you have a terminal illness -- to say what am I do this for? Stop everything. Let me do something else. It will be okay. In fact, it will be much better than you imagine. And hopefully, as a result, you will have a much wiser future. It's okay to be idle.