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.”