The Busy Trap


“Life is what happens when you are busy making plans.” John Lennon

We all get busy, especially around the holidays. We all have times when we glance at our calendar and wonder: “How am I going to get all of this done?” and then “How did I get myself so overcommitted in the first place?”

When you really think about it, life is too short to be busy. On my deathbed I doubt I’m going to regret not getting more done. Instead, I’m going to wish that I spent more time with my daughters looking for lady bugs in the garden, or getting lost in foreign city only to discover something wondrous, or traveling with Eric more often on one of his spur of the moment business trips.

Being busy is beginning to feel like a trap to me. Do we keep busy because it serves as a hedge against emptiness? After all, our lives cannot be trivial if we are busy, completely booked, in demand every hour.

So I’m beginning to think of ways to free myself from the shackles of over commitment, to unplug and just be present in the moment.

This Christmas, I’m going to take to heart the wise words of Thomas Monson. The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things.”

 

Jennifer

Tag along as I share musings on everything from family to business, which will hopefully inspire you and stir the mind. I am happy that you are along for the journey. Here’s to Living Lively!

13 Comments

  • LA CONTESSA
    December 13, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    SOUNDS PERFECT TO ME!
    I will FOLLOW SUIT………..TOOT SUITE!

    MERRY MERRY!

  • Sally
    December 13, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Here, here!

  • david casuto
    December 13, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Great words and wisdom! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    December 14, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Thank you so much for responding!

  • Lou Ann
    December 14, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    So very true. We are also modeling for our children, which makes it doubly important to heed Monson’s words. I love his quote.

    xoxo

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    December 14, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! Hope you have a restful holiday….
    See you in the New Year!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    December 14, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Thanks for following!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    December 14, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks for your comment. Always love hearing from you!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    December 14, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I didn’t think of how we are modeling for our children. Food for thought. Thank you for commenting. I always LOVE hearing from you!

  • Suki
    December 20, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    A great reminder of the Holiday Spirit in these very troubled times.
    Stay Close and Stay Warm….

  • jj
    January 11, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Great post

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    January 12, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Happy New Year! Thanks just for commenting on The Busy Trap. Thanks for following!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    January 19, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Sorry about the late reply! So glad you enjoyed it! Still working on savoring the moments!

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