Is Busy Bad?

I’m from Atlanta. Hustle and Bustle is in my blood.

On vacations I’m just like my dad, up early, and always asking what are we doing next?

Starbucks, one of my favorite places in the world, is constantly Busy.

At work, I’m always busy. Whenever someone asks me how work is, I say, “Busy, but it’s good.” Because th

at’s what I really think, being busy is good. It means I’m productive, things are happening, we are moving, I am relevant.

I'm too busy to tell people how busy I am.

I’m too busy to tell people how busy I am.

You can see there are some pros and cons to this. I’ve started to realize I place a lot of value, my value, on how full my agenda is. Isn’t that what we all do? “Let me show you my calendar” or translated: “I’m busier than you!” Why is this so important to us? Is it because that somehow means “I’m more important than you!”?

I am not against productive citizens of society, however, I’m sure you see the dangers. When you add too much to your plate, you miss out on other things: bubble baths (you’re actually too tired to find time to relax), a spontaneous call from an old friend (if your busy you’re hitting the Ignore button), and reading for pleasure. That’s the thing I miss the most. I love to read, and I am struggling to find the time.

I'd appreciate it if once in a while you took time from your busy schedule to call and find out that I am too busy to talk.

I’d appreciate it if once in a while you took time from your busy schedule to call and find out that I am too busy to talk.

Don’t get me wrong, I am happy. I am not pulling my hair out. I would say I’m not stressed, because I don’t feel stressed, but I think I am putting stress on myself and my life. Most of my nights and weekends are full of to-dos, errands, and goals. I don’t really know how to avoid it, but I think a big thing that will help is cutting back on TV. It takes up time, and if it’s not my favorite shows, what’s the point?

What can you do to cut out some busyness or stress in your life?

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3 responses

  1. i’m with you – i think its so easy to place personal value on being busy and productive – at least I do.:) i’ve taken up reading a little before bed every night and every morning before work – helps me step away and pay attention to more than just my work. confession though – I love my shows.

  2. Very well done. I once read an article about busyness and this writer stated that he thought busyness was a sin. I think I might I agree as it allows us to omit certain things form our lives that we need to be about (time with God, friends, service, etc) Actually, your blog ties in nicely to the concept of Advent. Advent is an invitation to slow down, wait, ponder, be silent, get things right with God, which stands in direct contrast to the whole “consumer Christmas culture.” Good stuff, Kathryn! Keep writing…you have a gift!

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