I was following a car on the road the other day with personalized plates that sounded out to read “always busy”. It struck me that our culture has turned busy-ness into something to brag about. We’re proud of how busy we are, as if it is somehow something to strive for. When someone asks how I am doing, my response always includes the word ‘busy’, and the asker always nods and grunts in empathy over our shared situation.
But until this morning, I hadn’t considered that I might be using busy-ness to hide from the pain of slowing down and reflecting on life. Or that I might be staying busy so that I always have a handy excuse for my shortcomings and failures: “Sorry I dropped the ball on that – I’m just so busy right now.”
“And I use my busy-ness as an excuse for why I might not succeed, or accomplish the things I want to, or have the relationships I want to have.” Shauna Niequist, Storyline blogger
If you’re a busy-aholic, read the full (but short and worth it) article below. And let’s start calling busy-ness what it really is: a killer.