I’m sure almost everyone in your life, including you, is “busy”—with work, family, activities, and life in general.
I’ll admit that I’m usually one of those people. A friend asks “How’s life going?” and my response would be, “Oh my gosh, we are just so busy.”
Then, I read an article in The New York Times called “The Busy Trap“—and my mind was blown.
I highly recommend you read the article in full, but here’s a quick summary of author Tim Kreider’s amazing perspective on life.
• “I’m so busy” is usually a boast of how much you are doing or have going on—you’re looking for the person to say, “That’s better than the alternative, I guess.”
• The people working three jobs won’t tell you they are busy—instead, they are exhausted.
• Almost everyone is “busy,” but when you ask them what they are busy with, it’s usually self-imposed deadlines and activities.
• Being “busy” is a choice: choosing to do everything possible to fill a human need to feel like you are an intricate part of something bigger.