Give it to a Busy Person…
This is a statement I have heard more than once in recent times. I wonder what that really means. Does it mean that if you have too much to do that you organize better? Or does it mean that as we fill up our lives with activities, chores and obligations that we are in a survival mode?
How about the other side of this coin? If we don’t have enough going on, do we become complacent or lazy?
I have to say that I create my own “busy-ness.” So many times I get asked to do things and I rarely say no. I often hear my colleagues and friends express the same sentiment. I am sure this happens to many of you.
I think that on some level, we are flattered that someone thinks enough of our competence to ask us to participate, and therefore we must “accept” the charge. We look at the calendar, see that the date is free and say “sure, I can do that!” But when we actually have to complete the task, we ask ourselves “what was I thinking? I should never have said I would do that.”
And then it comes time to meet your own duties and goals. Often, when you are busy, you let some of these things go, because after all, you are not a superhero. To the outside world, you look like you are amazing, because you have met all of your external obligations which are all of those things you said “yes” to and had to get done.
I guess I am not the superhero I would like think I am. I have let my blog be one of those goals that fell through the cracks. Whenever I had a moment to write, I felt paralyzed. It was almost as if I was being defiant, as if the dialog I was having with myself was “I have been too busy, and just for that, I am NOT going to write!” Some other personal goals have fallen short as well, including my own Jewelry Business.
It was almost as if I was being defiant, as if the dialog I was having with myself was “I have had too much to do, and just for that, I am NOT going to write”.
Are you one of those busy people who “over-accept?” I sure would like to get better at saying “no” to those things that make my life crazy. All of us “busy” folks need to re-assess what is truly important to do.
All of this talk about decluttering our spaces—what about decluttering our lives?
Lynne Patnode is the owner of Silverspiral Creations whose mission is to create wearable jewelry art from nature’s most beautiful stones. She also creates fused glass jewelry art inspired by nature.