The focus of busy
What is busy? Each of us have our own personal definition. It could be getting up and rushing out the door to your job in the morning feels “busy”. Or it could be the stay at home mother (or father) with a couple of children who has to juggle appointments, nap time, lunch, play dates and a myriad of other daily ventures is equally busy. Whatever your flavor of busy might be, you’re busy because you’re doing something. Try to be busy with something you love though.
When I was deployed to Iraq, I was fairly busy. I would wake up, run 3 to 6 miles, get cleaned up, eat and then walk around and visit a bunch of Soldiers or prep for a convoy mission. I was always checking out something. In the heat of the day after lunch I could probably relax for a little bit, to read a book or catch a nap. Then I would check out the command center in the afternoon and evening, have a meeting or two, eat, catch a movie and then do it all over again for about 400+ straight days. Those were long days, some longer than others. The busyness of those days has taught me that I can handle “busy” and nothing is busier than a houseful of children I’ve come to find out. Not even a wartime deployment could adequately prepare me for the energy of mutiple children under the age of five. And that’s okay.
Being busy has the ability to focus you on what is important. You have no choice but to utilize your limited amount of time and resources in a manner that not only supports the task at hand but your entire life. Being busy is a good thing. It gives you focus. If your busyness is focused on a task that you love to do, you’ll probably feel time just melt away as you conduct your business. Focus your energy and time on the things and people who you love and you won’t have to toil a day in your life.