Have you ever heard of this? It is something the Buddhist monks talk about and a mentor of mine was telling me about it this weekend. Gotta tell ya, I’m pretty darn good at this. I can make myself seem so busy no one would even think to stop me to ask if I have any clue why I am doing what I am doing, or even how I am feeling about my life in general.

Busy busy busy. It feels so much more comfortable than being still!

I worked with Cassidy Freeman for the first time today! She rocks!


Add yours Comments – 38

  • Lydia

    on August 7, 2008 at 12:59 am

    I haven’t heard of it. You’re indeed very busy but it’s a joy to see you being so energetic and passionated about life and everything you do. It’s infectious. 🙂

    Friends, a mentor…you’ve got wonderful people to talk with about very interesting topics.

    I’m happy you’re enjoy working with the new cast members. I’m looking forward to seeing you in promo pictures of Season 8.
    As of this weekend, on Saturday night, Season 7 starts (Belgium). Yay!:-)

    I wish you a joyful day.

  • Ivy

    on August 7, 2008 at 1:57 am

    So that’s what it’s called!! 🙂 Ive been doing this since college & I thought, “Ghad, Im wierd” …

    I think we all do this “Active laziness” in some point of our lives. Like, in the office, or at home…when we build a wall around us so no one would disturb “that” moment.

    So..where’s everybody? I used to be the 15th – 20th to comment ..hmmm…

    Oh, Btw ,(sorry this is completely out of the topic) Have you ever laughed so hard till you’re in tears? ..Just came accross Kristen K’s blog on her new hairstyle in GBD. One of the things she said, “…There is like this emotional attachment to it, and it is apparently a REALLY big deal to cut it all off…in one go….. and I just went in there on my own and Sarah (she is the key hairstylist on Smallville, and is freakin rad) tied it in a ponytail and SAWED THE SUCKER OFF…” Ha.ha.ha.ha.ha.ha.ha.ha.ha.
    I know this may sound not-so-funny to some people but it had me in stitches!!!

    Isn’t it a wonder that some people can make you laugh, brighten up your day and you dont even know them personaly…and suddenly you feel so connected?

    Kei, have a great day Allison! ..everybody!


  • The Friday Philosopher

    on August 7, 2008 at 2:07 am

    I have heard people describe Active Laziness is an illness, I’m lucky; in that I’m genuinely too busy to suffer with it, but I think I may have suffered a few years ago!

    Long story short, I was unemployed and had to show that I was actively looking for work. Well, it’s easy to actively look for work, but if you don’t want a job, like I didn’t, you’ll never get one! I was unemployed for a while, before I spoke to a careers advisor. She explained it to me as a form of depression; I didn’t feel depressed, but it shook me up that somebody thought I might be. I started my company soon after that, and to be totally honest I instantly felt better; I was sleeping better and Instead of using it when I felt I didn’t want to spend time with my friends and family, I found that it was me wanting to spend time with them.

    I don’t know if I agree that it is a form of depressive illness, even now I notice some people around me that use it, and their the happiest people I know! I think maybe everybody has or will experience it throughout their life, But maybe how it affects you depends on the individual.


  • Aqgalaxy

    on August 7, 2008 at 2:09 am

    I’ve heard of this term. In Eastern Culture it’s just spending your time under the sun doing nothing, while the Western Culture is work, work, work, and not learning anything from it.

    Allison, going through your blogs, you have those moments where you smell the flowers if you will, you have those thoughts about life, curiosity of stuff outside of your basic life, so it’s clear that you aren’t practicing Active Laziness.

    Sure you’re busy with work and all, but that doesn’t stop you from wondering about the world/ life around you. So if your mentor suggest you are actively lazy, well my guess they haven’t read any of your blogs LOL!

    Hope only for the best for you and your career!


  • Gaia

    on August 7, 2008 at 2:16 am

    I haven’t heard of it, but no one can stop me too in working!! 🙂 Have a great day! What are you going to do with Cassidy Freeman?

  • Gaia

    on August 7, 2008 at 2:20 am

    Sorry I meant what have you done with her?

  • Pospola

    on August 7, 2008 at 3:03 am

    I just wanna say something to Ivy’s:
    Isn’t it a wonder that some people can make you laugh, brighten up your day and you dont even know them personaly…and suddenly you feel so connected?
    I totally agree… It’s fabulous… I just see Allison’s smile on a photo and I must smile too, i’m happy and full of optimism and energy 😀
    Or I have a new friend now… She’s a totally fan of Erica Durance and I´m a totally fan of Allison… 😀 I haven’t see her personaly yet, we just chat on the internet, but she can bright up my day too 😀 We are on the same Smallville wave 🙂

    I’m soo looking forward to see season 8! I’m soooo curious about Chloe, her powers and everything about her!!!!

    Have a wonderful day Allie 🙂

    Your big fan from Czech Republic

  • Graham

    on August 7, 2008 at 3:33 am

    Ha, I know exactly what Allison is talking about. I am the Assistant Manager of a video game store and I do it all the time. The first step is delegating al the important jobs to someone else (obviously someone capable). Then ,as a manager, you look busy while “supervising”. Easy huh?

    However I am glad to hear the Monks and Mentors approve of this lifestyle. hehehe.

    ps I got this from Wiki, the 2nd best website in the world… this being the first ofcourse.


    Faith and Wisdom balance each other, as do Energy and Concentration. The Five Faculties are ‘controlling’ faculties because they control or master their opposites. The faculties and powers are two aspects of the same thing.
    Faith (saddha) – controls doubt
    Energy/Effort/Persistence (viriya) – controls laziness
    Mindfulness (sati); – controls heedlessness
    Concentration (sam?dhi) – controls distraction
    Wisdom/Discernment (pañña, prajña) – controls ignorance

    Viriya ROCKS!!

  • Vegas911

    on August 7, 2008 at 5:05 am

    What about just plain laziness for the sake of it!!! Every Sunday is my dedicated lazy day….NO MATTER WHAT!! I Spend my whole week running around like a kid with A.D.D, I can’t get a moment to relax, and sit back and say “hey….I have nothing to do,” it never happens that way. So I have dedicated every Sunday of the week as “Netra” day, to do what I want, or do nothing at all….my favorite day of the week by far!! Stay sweet, dear Allison, can’t wait to see you all in the new season……SO EXCITED!!!

  • David Hayes

    on August 7, 2008 at 5:42 am

    Hmmm. If there is active laziness … there must also be passive productivity.

    Husband, “I wasn’t being lazy! As I sat there seemingly comatose in my air chair, new universes sprung into life in my imagination.”

    Wife, “Then explain the snoring.”

  • me Rachel

    on August 7, 2008 at 6:02 am

    You mean you put on a face thats busy and pretend all day? Hum…I’m still not clear on this subject.

  • Jennifer

    on August 7, 2008 at 6:15 am

    I’ve actually never heard of Active Laziness it until now but I can tell you I have it. lol

    I can’t wait for season 8 to start. I love it when they bring in new characters. Cassidy Freeman & Sam Witwer will make the show interesting now that Kristin won’t be around much and Michael is gone. =(

  • taylor nikole

    on August 7, 2008 at 6:49 am

    yay for commercial shoots t the getty then we re going art exploring 🙂
    I think I know what you mean… but I think I like the ide of being busy more than actually being busy at all….
    <3 taylor nikole

  • Lexie

    on August 7, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Active Laziness
    –Sogyal Rinpoche

    “How many of us are swept away by what I have come to call an ‘active laziness’?

    Naturally there are different species of laziness: Eastern and Western. The Eastern style consists of hanging out all day in the sun, doing nothing, avoiding any kind of work or useful activity, drinking cups of tea and gossiping with friends. Western laziness is quite different. It consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so that there is no time left to confront the real issues.

    If we look into our lives, we will see clearly how many unimportant tasks, so-called ‘responsibilities’ accumulate to fill them up. One master compares them to ‘housekeeping in a dream.’ We tell ourselves we want to spend time on the important things of life, but there never is any time.

    Helpless, we watch our days fill up with telephone calls and petty projects, with so many responsibilities—or should we call them ‘irresponsibility’s’?”

    –Sogyal Rinpoche

  • Jo

    on August 7, 2008 at 7:51 am

    LOL. I do this every day at work, and considering where I work I don’t feel bad one bit. 🙂 I think it’s perfectly fine to be actively lazy sometimes, as long as you don’t live your whole life that way.

  • AnnK

    on August 7, 2008 at 8:03 am

    holy smokes! I haven’t been here in a couple weeks and DANG! The page looks GREAT! And you’ve posted a ton since I was here last. I will have to go and catch up. lol!

  • Marilyne

    on August 7, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Exactly! Busy, busy, busy…busy doing useless things..hihi

    Cassidy looked fun a the comic-con, it’s nice to know you two get along! 😀
    Can’t wait to see those episodes…!

  • Aubrey

    on August 7, 2008 at 9:14 am

    I haven’t heard of that, but I think I’ve been swept up in a bit of it.
    It’s nice to be busy, busy, busy! Especially with something you’re interested in. It also makes you look for that day when you can finally relax and do nothing and enjoy it.

    I really can’t wait `till season 8! Right now I am having this little thing called the Smallville New Episode Withdrawal (my friend and I made this up).
    It’s when we are going crazy over waiting for the new episodes.

    So looking forward to the new season!!!

  • Kyle

    on August 7, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Yeah, I know how you feel sometimes. Kinda like a train that keeps on going; too busy to stop to pick up or drop off people.

    It seems like we’re always trying to beat time, aren’t we?

  • Maria

    on August 7, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Active laziness?? Well, when you describe it I think I have experienced it but I don’t really know. lol If it’s knowing you’re being lazy and don’t want anyone to know so you act as if you’re not then yes i’ve done it. If it’s being so busy that you don’t have time to be lazy then yes i’ve done it. I don’t know… If i had to choose between active laziness and laziness I would choose active laziness. Because when I know i’m being lazy I feel so wrong!! I don’t like seeing people while i’m doing nothing I feel guilty!

  • The Great Ymmij

    on August 7, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    I’m also the type that just can’t sit still. I need to always be doing something. I feel like if I just sit still, I’ll be wasting time. I like feeling productive, I suppose.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the new promo pix for season 8 and watching the new season. Keep up the awesome work, Allison!

  • Brittany

    on August 7, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Hey Allison, active laziness, so that’s what it’s called! I always do the same. I pretend to keep busy or do keep busy because I’m completely bored and can’t stay still. I can’t wait too see which character Cassidy will play on Smallville. I’m hapy your friends with your new co-workers! Everyone seems to be leaving Smallville! Can’t wait to see SEASON 8!!!!! Byes! Brittany

  • Regina

    on August 7, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    hello again!!

    I’ve been reading your blog, and I have to say you are a very beautiful person. And I was asking myself about love and what the hell it is for all the people in the world. But unfortunately that’s something I would never know.

    And I saw this incredible video and I’ve got to say it made me cry. Such a wonderful story.

    I hope all of you have the opportunity of see it.


  • Vegas911

    on August 7, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    This is in response to you last two blogs…
    I am reading this wonderful book, it called “The Secret” in this book it explains a few things that I thought that you would find interesting….
    “ACTION is a word that can imply “work” to some people, but INSPIRED ACTION will not feel like work at all. The difference between inspired action and action is this: Inspired action is when you are acting to recieve. If you are in action to try to make it happen, you have slipped backward. Inspired action is effortless, and it feels wonderful….
    Imagine life as a fast-moving river. When you are acting to make something happen it will feel as if you are going against the current, it will feel like a struggle. The feeling of INSPIRED ACTION is effortless, like you are flowing with the current of the river.”

    Just thought that it was interesting….Later Tater.

  • Ana C.

    on August 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve never actually heard the concept. Oxymoron? I don’t think I do this, though maybe if I tried I could pull it off. Active Laziness. I think I’m gonna google it and then work on that, hehe. Joking.
    Sweet! Cassidy seemed so funny and sweet in the Comic Con, it’s awesome you got to work with her. Can’t wait to see the scenes ^.^

  • Carol Ann

    on August 7, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Ha, I do that on a regular basis. I love the new look. I haven’t been visiting as much since I have a few forums to admin and my own blog/site to keep up with.

    ~ CA

  • Brazilian Girl-Kml

    on August 7, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Allison, how are you doing girl? As I am a person who works and believe in acupuncture I gotta tell you this… we all need a balance in life… when we’re in highest “In” it becomes “Yang” and in the highest “Yang” it becomes “In”… it’s an infinity cycle… I haven’t heard about “Active Laziness” in those terms but I understand this as a thing that is gonna be good till some point… after this it isn’t be good anymore…
    Don’t worry, be happy! I gotta tell that Chloe Sullivan inspired me in many ways… You are great! Please say hello to Brazil and all your Brazilian fans….
    Take care…
    Xau Xau

  • paul

    on August 7, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    “Active laziness”… I guess I just don’t get it, and I confess I’m a little irked by the take on it professed by Sogyal Rinpoche. First, the implication that Eastern is better than Western strikes me as a bit of casual racism. Second, I think if we look into our lives, it seems to me that we will find that for a lot of us our lives are crammed not with unimportant so-called “responsibilities”, but with actual, very real responsibilities.

    Many of us have little time for philosophizing, and that really is a pity. But I don’t think it’s constructive for us to beat ourselves up about it, to blame ourselves for a lack of leisure time that’s hardly our fault. I don’t need a guru to tell me it’d be nice to take the day off and sit in a field looking at the flowers; still less do I appreciate one making fun of me for going to work instead.

  • viviane

    on August 7, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    sua vida é mesmo muito agitada! ^^
    não vejo a hora de ver voce atuando em smallville… estou muito ansiosa para assistir!

    grande beijo e boa sexta-feira para voce! love! 😉

  • viviane

    on August 7, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    his life is very busy! ^ ^
    I do not see the time to see you acting in smallville … I am very anxious to watch!

    big kiss and good Friday for you! Love! 😉

  • Adrian

    on August 7, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    (excuse my english)

    Paul (#27) you are right about philosophy; I discovered philosophy this year. The reason of why the people has no time for philosophy is because (they think) it’s useless. “Critique of Pure Reason” by Kant is a good book.

    About the “Active Laziness” I think It’s like when you must do something, but, instead of do that; you do another thing. You acumulate task for get busy and don’t make the thing you must to do.

  • Robin Hebert

    on August 7, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Active laziness…what a oxymoron….its very easy to strive to be busy, we are a culture that needs to fill the silence with activity….I’m guilty of it. I want to fill my moments with meaning, not try to find meaning by moments if that makes sense.
    Anyway…..you know how you were talking about funny signs that are posted? I found a few typos on a wine menu that was very funny…I posted it on my flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blessed4life

  • vanessa

    on August 7, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    wow. I never thought to put a name to my constant motion that never seems to improve anything lol.

  • Ana_Sullivan

    on August 8, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Yeah I understand… next to break up with my girlfriend last weekend I need to be bussy bussy bussy, cause if I sit I’m feeling like dying, like if I was lost in the cold ocean of life.
    I have to be with my friends, I have to be really bussy because when I sit, or relaxed I only can think in my ex and it’s absolutely sad because I’m in love with her, next two years and 3 months it’s the saddest experience in my life….

  • George

    on August 8, 2008 at 12:50 am

    WHOO Cassidy Freeman.

  • christa link

    on August 8, 2008 at 12:53 am

    hi allison. i think i know what you are talking about. you always need to be busy or you will get very depressed. when i was younger i always had to reareange my bedroom so wouldnot feel sad. right now i am kept very busy with my husband,cat, and child. i do have to be on antidepresents because of personal reasons. i have almost all the seasons of smallville on dvd, and i like to watch them everyday because seeing you allison always brightens my day. i am very glad you are doing another season of smallville. i am also looking forward to seeing the episode that you are directing.

  • jonny

    on August 8, 2008 at 1:49 am

    i havent heard of it but it sounds awesome

  • Rebecca

    on August 8, 2008 at 11:33 am

    I would consider myself an expert on Active Laziness 🙂

    I can’t wait to see Cassidy Freeman in action! From the looks of Comic Con, she already seemed comfortable with you all, even as a newcomer, which is great to see!