No More “Busyness as Usual”

Have you noticed that when you greet friends and colleagues these days and ask them how they are, the standard response is, “I am so busy.”? I even find myself responding in this way even though the word “busy” is not part of my normal lexicon.

After uttering the word busy, I usually self-correct and say, “Well, I mean good busy; I am enjoying life and what I do.” Just the other day I caught myself saying the busy word again, and I saw this as a sign. Am I really that busy? What do I really mean when I utter this word? Is it possible that being busy is just a habit? Do I stay busy to avoid other responsibilities that I see as less important or less interesting? Or do I stay busy because I am a “doing addict” and I simply don’t know how to “be”.

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