During a quick stroll through Laurel Hill Cemetery today, I encounter Sarah K. Tyson. Born in 1791, she lived to be almost 100 years old, an amazing feat during the 19th century. Other than her birth/death dates, her tombstone does not provide much else in the way of biographical information, aside from this intriguing sentence:
“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”
I find that entire statement interesting, but particularly the second section: Sarah “eateth not the bread of idleness.” I take this to mean that Sarah was quite industrious though we don’t really know in what ways. It would seem though that she was a busy homemaker.
I’m pretty certain that I have probably “eateth” the bread of idleness recently. Or at the very least, I have nibbled at the croissant of inactivity. It’s not that I don’t have lots of things to accomplish. My to do list is filled with both necessary items and interesting projects right now. But I am sometimes stymied by the very size of the to do list. It sets me into a fit of decision paralysis and soon I’m taking a bite out of the bagel of wasted time.
Seems like I could learn something from Sarah K. Tyson, 19th Century Idleness Avoider.