|This donkey's shaggy coat totally made me wonder what it would be like if a donkey|
tried to get dredlocks. As you can see, my falltime reflections have been very deep.
Yet, as much as we decry the status of being "busy," we still uphold this as a good thing. How many times have we heard (or taken part of) the following conversation?
"Hi! How are you, and how is your life?"
"Oh, you know, busy, but good. And you? Are you keeping busy?"
In my own life, I've found that treating busyness like a good thing can come from a desire to feel needed and important. If we're busy, it can be because we're doing good things for other people-and this makes us feel valued. No matter what stage in life we are-single, married, parent of teenagers-we can justify busyness somehow.
I'm finding that a weekend or month may be full of activities, but it still does not necessarily need the mental preoccupation and chaos of being "busy." Instead, I can make peace a priority and calmly accept whatever God sends my way.
Instead of saying, "Oh, life is good, I'm keeping busy, how about you?" I've started using a different response: "Life is full."
Full of joys.
Full of struggles.
Full of sorrows.
Full of adventures.
Full of love.
Full of grace.
Full of beauty.
Full of peace.
There is so much depth to my day-to-day life, and regardless of whether I'm bouncing from library-to playdate-to errands or simply spending a morning at home, if I let God's peace truly overcome my life, I'm not really "busy" or overly preoccupied. My heart is full, and my soul is at rest.
Even so, there are still days when I fight the temptation to become busy, preoccupied, and anxious. In these moments, when I start to feel myself into "keep ALL the plates spinning!" mode, I like to grab a piece of paper and just start writing. I write down whatever commitments or tasks are colliding in my mind, and I start delegating these to different days (one per day). After I do this, I'm able to see that everything I think I need to do "urgently" is not really a pressing matter, and there will be time for it all.
|Seriously, just drink some tea. It will make you feel better.|
Unless you don't like tea. In which case, I really feel sorry for you.