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“Are you using COVID-19 as an excuse to be LAZY?”

Sleep is not overrated.

Rest is good.

I want to clarify my beliefs on that before proceeding with my message.

Now that I've gotten that out the way, I'm hearing a great deal of people suggest that now is the time to rest. Let me just say this: There is a fine line between resting and resting on your laurels. And now is NOT the time to get them confused.

DEFINITION OF RESTING: to cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength I'll add that it can mean pressing pause (not stop) and resetting (to set again or anew).

DEFINITION OF RESTING ON YOUR LAURELS: to be satisfied with your achievements and not to make an effort to do anything else.

I've heard some people suggest that they are content where they are in life, so resting on their laurels—hitting stop instead of pause and resetting—suits them just fine.

As it is so with "resting" and "resting on your laurels", there is a difference between being content where you are in life and being complacent.

DEFINITION OF CONTENT: in a state of peaceful happiness

DEFINITION OF COMPLACENT: uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements

Are you using the state of the world as an excuse to do nothing? Or are you using it to shift, pivot, and be productive in new areas, or more productive with your current endeavors?

Are you truly content, enjoying exactly where you are in life and don't have any wishes, hopes, dreams, or goals still on your list to fulfill and achieve? Or are you really being complacent; lying to yourself about being content because you don't want to face the fact that you haven't yet reached certain goals or measures of success you've set for yourself?

So, are you resting or are you resting on your laurels?

Are you content or are you complacent?

Only you know the true answers to those questions.

And be 100% honest with your answers. It's one thing to lie to yourself, but it's a whole other thing to actually believe the lie.

Stay healthy and safe, my friends!

Joylynn M. Ross is the CEO and founder of Path To Publishing and the author of Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business: Ways to Achieve Financial Literary Success. In her over 22-year literary industry career, she’s written in multiple genres under the names E. N. Joy, Joylynn M. Jossel, JOY, and N. Joy. You can learn more about Joylynn by visiting and

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