Battle the Urge To Do Nothing

When we start the healing process, we must overcome the urge to do nothing. It’s been over three weeks since my new knee arrived and although the pain still exists (nothing like the first few weeks) my body and my mind encourage me to do nothing. Inertia is not just a force of nature, but it invades very quickly while one is healing.

“Why get up,” I find myself saying. “I don’t really need to do my  exercises,” is a justification that creeps into my mindset, especially while Suzy is out of town. The lazy list grows and grows.

The lazies don’t just creep into to our body when we are healing. The battle against no action, no activity, and no deep thought is a constant struggle. I find the best ally in this battle is small acts or steps. Inertia works two ways — a body at rest tends to stay at rest, but a body in motion tends to continue to move.

Inaction is the devil’s tool. Don’t let it take a hold.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


  1. Told Kelley that I enjoy reading your posts…wanted to let you know as well. Hope the healing is going well (even though it feels slow). Peace, jessi

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