Join me today at Relevant Magazine as we discuss the danger of being busy.
You know the drill—you exchange a phone call with an old friend for a frantic tenth trip to the grocery store between appointments, or a peaceful evening with your husband for another small group meeting. Work becomes menial and inconvenient because you are too busy with a thousand other commitments to enjoy it.
There is something deceitfully empowering about being busy. Americans have made it, at least in practice, one of our nation’s crowning virtues—life, liberty and the pursuit of perpetual busyness.
We wear our busyness as The Great Burden, our mouths proclaiming we wish to be free of it, our hands grasping desperately to keep it within reach and on display.
And we’ve certainly done it well. We are masters of to-do lists and schedules. We are organized and efficient, effectively planning and blocking each hour of the day so that we can “get the most done.”
But I can’t help but wonder if all this busyness is keeping us from the things that are most important. Furthermore, I can’t help but think that some of us are busy because that is all we think there is, and others of us are busy because we are afraid of what we’ll discover about ourselves if we’re not.