That’s right. It is a badge of honour these days to say: “I’m Busy!” That small two word proclamation is supposed to elicit responses of wonder, awe, and respect. All hail the busy person. Frankly, it is kind of overdone, it is soooo yesterday.
People somehow equate busy as a really good thing. However, busy does not necessarily equate to being productive. We all have periods in our life when we are truly busy. I am not referencing those times of legimate busi-ness. I am bringing to light the people that are in a perpetual state of chaos and frenetic activity. You know the type I mean; they hover on the edge of a stress related illness and cling to their busy activity as if it somehow elevated them to sainthood. Perhaps some of these perpetual motion machines are actually being productive; hats off to them. More often, these people have become so connected to the details of their busy activities that they have lost the ability to objectively take a step back and question the value of those activities. This is one of the downfalls of current Western society as I see it. Being busy is considered a virtue. You are of value to society if you are busy. Oh, don’t burden us with the details of what you are busy doing; it must be important.
The casualty in this belief system is efficiency. If part of our conciousness were devoted to questioning the status quo, the doors to efficiency would open. Let us collectively focus on being productive, not being busy. Who would not enjoy a few more hours a week to improve the quality of their life or the quality of the lives they touch? The gift of time is the most precious of all gifts. Go ahead and keep your Gold, Frankincense, & Myrrh; I will take time.
To my anonymous friends on the Interwebz, please note this is not directed at you. Please do not be offended. Sometimes, it is NOT about you. You are the centre of your universe and I understand that, you however, are not at the centre of mine. 🙂 I would love to read your blog and learn more about your beliefs and view of the world. That said, I always invite and encourage intelligent discourse on anything I write; if you are not too busy of course… 😉