Are you familiar with “Languishing?” Turns out, it is a real thing, and a lot of people are experiencing it right now. The #1 most read article of 2021 in the New York Times was about “Languishing.”
Languishing is a condition somewhere between Depression and Flourishing. People who are languishing feel under-engaged with the world around them even as they feel overwhelmed by it. One person described it as both the “dulling of delight and dwindling of drive.” More simply, it knows it should care but its response to most things is, “Meh.”
If that describes you, you are not alone. It doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with you. It is understandable, given the events of the past couple of years.
Languishing is a season, not a life sentence. Like all seasons, it has its own work. This is a season to nurture your roots and not worry to much if you don’t feel like it. Gathering, Praying, Learning and Serving can all help.
The season of languishing is a reminder of our own limitations, and an invitation to do things that are healthy, even (especially?) when our response is “Meh.”
What are you doing this week to nurture your “roots?”