Are you busy? Today? This week? All the time?
Being busy is seen as such a badge of honour these days. I’ve noticed that when I ask someone how they are, the word ‘busy’ usually features quite early on in the conversation.
I get it. Life is hectic and there are chores that always need to be done. But I’m sure I remember a time when people would say they were busy, with a harassed look on the face and a furtive glance at their watch. Now, it can often be said with a certain smugness or sense of pride.
We can prize activity so highly that we don’t stop to ask what the activity is in service of – does it make our life better or just busier?
Recently, I wrote about having the time to savour a cup of coffee. Okay, it’s just a small pause in the activity of the day. But it’s one I wouldn’t have previously ‘allowed’ myself – mainly because I would have felt guilty. But now, there’s no guilt about what I could have been doing instead. It’s just five minutes to be appreciated.
The time that minimalism has given me is something to be savoured, not just re-purposed with no thought.
Have a guilt-free treat today – take a few minutes out of a busy life and just be.
As Thich Nhat Hanh said ‘Smile, breathe and go slowly’.
Have a great week 😊