These days everyone is busy. You call a friend you haven’t talked to in a long time and ask them how they’ve been, they respond, “I’ve been busy.” You ask a co-worker how they’re doing and they reply, “busy”. Is this what we want to hear? Most of us want to know what’s going on in their life; how’s the family, their job, their health, but perhaps they’re too busy to tell us.
We all have busy times in our lives, but must we tell everyone, every chance we get. Does talking about how busy we are prove we’re a more involved person, a harder working employee, a better parent, or even a more accomplished writer?
We all have twenty-four hours in a day and most of the time we have control over how we spend those hours. We don’t have to go out to hunt our food each day. We don’t have to walk to everywhere we go. Most of us aren’t hand washing our clothes outside in a bucket with freezing temperatures. How many people do you know who plow their fields and grow their own vegetables? In comparison to our grandparents and great-grandparents, we’ve have it pretty easy with time saving modern conveniences.
I know people who accomplish more than I could ever do in a day, but I never hear them talk about how busy they are. They do their thing and accept that having a busy schedule is sometimes a part of life. Maybe we need to stop telling everyone how busy we are and work on prioritizing our schedule.