I just read a fantastic article, “The Busy Trap” and it got my wheels turning. Do we really get something OUT of being busy all the time? Or are we slaves to the taskmaster called Activity? Is the insatiable need to fill up every moment of each of our days simply to cover up the gaping emptiness we all struggle with? To me, the feeling of “crazy busy” just feels “crazy chaos. ” Blah.
I have to say, I am enjoying my summer. I was absolutely dreading the loneliness I would feel because of my husband’s work schedule, my cool neighbors being out of town, and the immense amount of white space on the calendar. I was staring at days and weeks of nothingness…it actually felt scary.
Looking back over my last month of “nothingness,” I realize how much I’ve actually accomplished. It has been so great to be flex enough to do things together on a whim; and possibly more importantly, to be available to do things for others on a whim.
I am a stay at home mom, which is a huge privilege. But, with that freedom comes a huge responsibility to spend my time wisely. There are endless opportunities to join, serve, compete, work, socialize, contribute. My head spins just thinking about it all. In order to field all my opportunities for busyness (not to mention the pressure I often feel to fill my children’s schedules to the brim), I have had to make a discipline out of remembering my priorities.
There are some things I will simply not let go. Period. At the end of the week, if I have covered those bases, fantastic. All our other opportunities are icing! Turns out, there are many hours in each of our days to be put to good use. Maybe we should prime our schedules with availability. That is quite counter-cultural.
They say spontaneity is the spice of life, right? It might take a leap of faith to stop this go-go-go madness, and find out if that statement is true.
ENJOY your journey!!