The Art of Being Busy

September 21, 2016

For the past few years I’ve dedicated my time to the things I was supposed to do. I worked, got my degree, went to endless networking events, and took on countless responsibilities. And for as long as I can remember I’ve been busy. I wished I could go to the city with friends, I wished I could take my pup to the dog park more often, I wished I could exercise and focus on the things I love, but I was always just so busy. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Society is constantly screaming at us to stay busy, and as a result, we forget to take care of ourselves.The art of being busy

We are living through an epidemic of busyness and I’ve had enough. I am tired of pushing aside what I want to be doing for the sake of obligations.

The word busy has negative connotations because often times we’re busy for the sake of doing something. I want to change that for myself. I want to embrace busyness. I just want to make sure it’s the right kind of busy. In a culture where busy often times means successful, I want to redefine success for myself. The things that keep me busy should also keep me happy. I want to be busy doing things that are fulfilling.

As Henry David Thoreau once said “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”

I want to be busy building the life I have always dreamed of. So from now on, I will still be busy. I’ll be too busy writing for myself to take on another project. I’ll be too busy taking my pup on long hikes to say yes out of obligation. I’ll be too busy living and loving life to take on tasks just for the sake of doing something.

So, what kind of things keep you busy?

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  • Reply Sabrina September 26, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Yes! Love!! I’m so there! I have been deeply pursuing minimalism in every aspect of my life including how I spend my time. Time is our most precious resource and I refuse to let how I spend it be dictated by someone else or a vague sense of obligation.

    • Reply Karen Aileen September 27, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Time definitely is our most precious resource! If a few more people realized it we would have a much happier world. Thanks for stopping by Sabrina!

  • Reply Leti September 26, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Hi! Totally agree with you. I realized of this when I was unemployed, people constantly asked what I used to do all the day, apparently, if you have no job you have no life, no plans, no ideas, no curiosity, no motivation, no nothing. That question makes me furious.
    Thanks for sharing!

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