What’s the rush?
It seems most people are in a hurry these days, always on the run. A blur of activity. Many practically live out of their cars. Ferrying themselves and their children from here to there, from work to home, to school, to activities. What’s for dinner is decided in the drive thru of a fast food joint and eaten in the backseat by sleepy children after a much too long day filled to the brim with busy.
There is literally no time. No time for this or that. No time to talk..”gotta’ go”. No time to eat, let alone cook a healthy meal. No time to say hello, or good-bye. No time for family or friends, no time to read a book or take a walk. No time for improvement or creativity. Or fun? No time for love. No time to stop and smell the roses or appreciate a beautiful sunset.
Time ticks by and every moment; every second is a miracle. It is a gift and most of us, myself included, just plow right through it. Always in a hurry. Always a full agenda. It can’t be helped, you know..I’ve said this to myself. People have responsibilities. I’m swimming in them and my life is full. Sound familiar?
How many times have you asked someone how they’ve been doing and your query was answered with “busy” How many times have you said that? I know I’ve said that.
It is the correct answer, most of us are busy. With jobs and families and everything else in this ever-changing ever evolving world. Our society becomes faster paced and more complex. The bar is set higher and higher and you better run faster and jump higher than the next guy because it’s a jungle out there.
Even when we are not busy, most of us say we are. Idleness is looked down upon. Busyness is related with importance. An important man is a busy one and his time is more valuable than yours, so you wait. The poor and insignificant spend a lot of time waiting.
Busy people are needed and wanted. Busy people are in high demand. It is those that are the movers and the shakers in this world. It is the busy ones that get things done. The busier you are the more important you are and the more valuable your time is.
In Praise of Slowness
There is much to be said for slowness in our fast-paced society. The fact that the very concept of “slow” is seen in a negative light shows our need for the benefits that slowness brings. It’s difficult to see clearly when your life in always in motion. Growth can only come with examination and reflection.
Life is not a road race or a competition. It’s the journey not the destination. Life is meant to be savored. The people in our lives are important, our children are important. You can do more for your child’s development and future success by talking and spending time with them rather than dragging them to a million activities and “enrichment” classes. Time spent together is essential. Years from now when we are old and running out of it time will any of us look back with rue and regret about how we didn’t spend enough of it at Busyness?