The entire First World seems to be under the impression that the busier we are, the better we are. There’s a real devaluation of people who don’t have anything to do (wherever they are). Certainly there is great value in staying occupied.
There’s always something that can be done, all the way from the mundane (laundry and home-care) to the practical (pre-planning of retirement, money management, personal scheduling) to everything that falls under the huge umbrella of work. It’s really no wonder people are off-loading more and more tasks to automated computer systems.
We all have a tremendous amount on our plates and in our minds. With that said, if a person doesn’t seem to be scrambling just to stay in place, we wonder what they’re doing wrong.
Perhaps it’d be enlightening to see what those people are doing right.
Unless a placid, serene individual is also homeless and wretched, we might be able to pick up some useful tips. The common assumption about people who don’t have their hands full and aren’t participating in the society of chaos is that they’re either indolent or they’re quite wealthy.
That doesn’t offer much hope for us, does it? If we attempt to lessen the amount we participate in our on-the-fly culture, we run the risk of being lumped into categories that don’t begin to fit us.
What do I mean by busyness? First, I’m not talking about the activity we have to carry out in order to establish and sustain our livelihoods. Work requires action. I’m also not referring to the things we do in our hobbies or stress relief.
No, I’m referring to the overscheduled life so many of us choose to lead. It’s the social obligations we aren’t really interested in keeping. It’s the time sucking things we do for fear of missing out on something. It’s all the things we think have to get done this very second.
We all deserve down time. It’s possible to meditate in a crowd Down time lets us commune with ourselves, instead of serving our “personhood” being only a constant interface to the outer world. Be aware of this in the things you do.
Are you participating in an activity because you want to, have to, or feel obligated to do so? By all means, ask yourself: what’s in this for me? Will I be glad I did this, later on? Sometimes self-interest is the only way to get to know what we really feel and what we really want.
Do we want to be hurtling about all the time, or are we robbing ourselves of personal time for the sake of being busy?