Busy Means


“Busy is good because it shows

you’re alive.”

~Alison G. Bailey ~21st Century

 Busy is bad because:

 “Finally, everybody agrees that no one pursuit can be successfully followed by a man who is preoccupied with many things—eloquence cannot, nor the liberal studies—since the mind, when distracted, takes in nothing very deeply, but rejects everything that is, as it were, crammed into it. There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living: there is nothing that is harder to learn.”

~Lucius Annaeus Seneca~1st Century

The irony here: The first century had no computers, no iPhones, no round-the-clock news channels. Multi-tasking didn’t exist (unless you were a woman cooking, cleaning and wiping one end or the other of a child.)

Yet, Seneca the Younger understood the importance of focus. Nothing can be accomplished in it’s best form without it. Everything becomes half-assed (surely an ancient term referring to the necessity of having a whole donkey when trying to till a field).donkey-donkey

Apologies to Ms. Bailey above, being busy can mean that you are not at all alive. Truly living life demands you lay down your busy-tools: smart-phone, television and laptop, take its hand, and step into the natural world, connecting with yourself.

To be busy really says nothing about your importance. To be effective does.

Don’t tell me your busy. Tell me you are making a difference, moment-by-moment, by paying attention to one thing at a time. Turn your minutes to creating something solid. Not just a full calendar.

Because, after all, it is not how much we do in a day, but what we do.

Creation takes focus and attention to detail.

Just ask God. 19_1383134592_zps2a699e74

“Those who are wise won’t be busy, and those who are too busy can’t be wise.”

~Lin Yutang

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~ by rfgainey on November 20, 2013.

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