Our lives are busy. Busy, busy, busy! In fact, isn’t it true that we use busyness as a badge of honor? As in, “How’s it going, Bob?”
“Great Stan. I’ve been really busy.”
“That’s good, Bob.”
Meanwhile, Stan thinks to himself, “Bob is super successful. He’s a real go-getter. Every time I see him, he seems really busy.”
It seems like whoever can prove they’re the busiest wins. (Although I’m not sure what.) It’s rare that anyone bothers to ask what someone is busy doing. Annd it’s rarer still that anyone would ever admit, “I’ve haven’t been very busy at all. I’m just taking life as it comes, enjoying it one moment at a time.” Today, Seth Godin offers this bit of honest persepctive:
Last week, I was running from one meeting to another in the city when I passed an old friend on the street. “No time to talk, sorry!” I said as I hustled off.
When we connected by email a bit later, he said he hoped I had a good meeting, and that it was worth the hustle.
I couldn’t remember where I had been headed.
It seemed important at the time.
Sometimes we need to slow down and realize that the things we think are super urgent — the things that keep us oh so busy — really aren’t.