I cannot tell you how many times in a week I ask coworkers and friends how everything’s going, and the response I hear is, “Busy!”
It’s a badge of honor in our culture, isn’t it? It is expected of us to do more, be more, have more. And it is SO EASY to fall into it – I am plenty guilty myself!
What happens when you start to un-busy yourself?
First, you have to deal with yourself. The thoughts you bury with busy. The issues you avoid facing. When you are no longer busy, you have head space and time to actually DEAL WITH LIFE. Next, you get to rediscover what really makes you YOU. How you really want your time to be spent. And from there, you get to reshape your life with true intentionality.
I am not saying we should all throw routine to the wind – on the contrary, I LOVE ROUTINE. But as I’ve heard it said, “If it’s not a ‘heck yes!’ then it’s a ‘no.'” I believe that being intentional about your routine and how you fill it can truly add to your joy in life.
I love this quote by Annie Dillard:
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living.
For me, this is all an ongoing process of shifting how I spend my time, and how I prioritize “me” time, husband time, family time, and work time. What about you? What are your thoughts on the “busy” culture we live in, and how do you combat it?