Being busy is not something to respect.
Though we all have seasons of crazy schedules, very few of us have a legitimate need to be busy all the time. We simply don’t know how to live within our means, prioritize properly, and say no when we should.
Being busy rarely equates to productivity. Just take a quick look around. Busy people outnumber productive people by a wide margin. Busy people are rushing all over the place, and running late half of the time. They’re heading to work, conferences, meetings, social engagements …
They barely have enough free time for family get-togethers and they rarely get enough sleep. Yet, emails are shooting out of their computers and smart phones like bullets, and their day planners are jammed to the brim with obligations. Their busy schedule gives them an elevated sense of importance.
But it’s all an illusion. They’re like hamsters running on a wheel. Though being busy can make us feel more alive than anything else for a moment, the sensation is not sustainable long term.
We will inevitably, whether tomorrow or on our deathbed, come to wish that we spent less time in the buzz of busyness and more time actually living a purposeful life.