It’s likely one of today’s most overused words, one that has become such a common response that it’s almost expected. When someone asks me, “How are you doing?” my typical answer is, “I’m good, but BUSY.” Of course! Who’s NOT busy? But what am I actually busy doing?
It was that question that caused me to pause from my you-know-what kind of day to re-evaluate my constant state of activity. And this is what I have concluded:
- Busy makes me feel productive and important — “If you want to get something done, give it to a busy person.” Some people I know carry the mantra of busy with them wherever they go as if their schedule, occupation, or tasks are more important than everyone else’s. In my corporate life, I was one of those people.
- Sometimes I have intentionally kept myself busy to take my mind off of something else. Staying busy can enable you to avoid dealing with what you should probably be dealing with — whether it’s loss, anger, a strained relationship, or a failing marriage. By the way, that thing that I was trying to avoid by staying busy didn’t go away — it just resurfaced at a later time.
- Busy is neither healthy nor sustainable. One of the definitions of busy is “full of activity; characterized by much action or motion.” Busy is exhausting. It’s not a healthy lifestyle, so I need to intentionally plan to stop throughout my day for a break in the action. My story “Rest in Pieces” is my new approach and will, hopefully, enable rest (physically, mentally, and spiritually) to become my new way of life.
- Busy is as much a state of mind as it is a state of activity. When I tell myself I’m busy, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. I know several people whose schedules and occupations are more demanding than mine, yet they seem to have found a balance with space in their lives for what’s most important. They are also peace-filled people.
And so I’m done with busy!
Next time when you ask me how I’m doing, you will hear this: “My life is full, and I am truly blessed.”
How about you?
“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10 NIV)