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Busyness is overrated. •
Being busy keeps us from being present. It’s often distraction, even procrastination. It keeps us disconnected from people in our lives- “sorry, I’m busy.” We respond to “how are you?” with “busy,” like it’s a feeling! Busy can even be demeaning, like “I’m busy because I’m important and productive, why do you have free time?” Busy is a way for us to fill our lives, often with meaningless tasks. •
Ultimately, busy is a choice. •
I’ve been guilty of saying I’m busy. I’ve also been very guilty of being it- filling my plate with things to do (many which need to get done, but others that really don’t). •
And then the end of the day or week comes and sure, I feel accomplished for the most part. But sometimes I feel unfulfilled and wonder, what am I chasing with all of these tasks? And more importantly, what am I not able to chase because I’m so swamped, overwhelmed, and depleted? Usually, the answer is rejuvenation, joy, peace of mind. •
But we live in a culture that glorifies busy... glorifies work and hustle. And this same culture shames rest and pleasure. But to be truly mindful, connected, and deeply happy and healthy, we need to stop being busy. •
So here I am chasing productivity and growth and success but also rest and peace and pleasure, and those things are not mutually exclusive. In fact, I’ll argue that they are all interconnected.