“Don’t mistake movement for achievement. It’s easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: Busy doing what?” – Jim Rohn
A lot has been going on in my life lately. We moved, we are downsizing so there are a lot of decisions to make on what to keep and what to give away, we are in the middle of a remodel, my daughter is getting married in August and on and on and on. In other words, I have been very busy. Too busy to connect with friends, too busy to exercise, too busy to just be quiet and think. My head has been spinning and I have been feeling like life is rushing past me. This past weekend I finally took some time to just sit and be quiet with myself. I came up with an amazing revelation. I am the one who schedules my time so I get to decide how busy I am and what I want to be busy with. Now, for a lot of you this may not be a big revelation but for me this was a huge reminder. I knew this before, but it had somehow gotten lost in the shuffle of life. I imagine you are wondering – what is the point of this story?
My point is that I realized that I will always be “busy”. My point is that there will always be something to take away my attention from what really is important. My point is that although I am busy I am really not accomplishing and doing all of the things that I want to. As our quote says today – “The question is: Busy doing what?”
This is not the first time in my life that I have been “busy”. When I was a young mom I was always busy. Busy doing all the mundane tasks of life. Carpool, laundry, keeping the house clean, going to meetings and on and on and on. I thought that since I was so busy I must be a good mom. But I was wrong. Busy kept me from enjoying what was happening right at that moment. Busy kept me from taking the time to color with my children, from taking the time to just sit and listen to them as they described their day,and busy kept me from lying outside on the grass with my children and watching the clouds go by.
I can’t go back and change the way I was but I can start today and take charge of my life. I can make the decision to be “busy” with the things that I enjoy and the things that “fill up my tank” and the things that make me happy.Too
So…if you find yourself being busy all of the time, stop and think for a moment. Is what you are doing more important than spending time with your children? Ten years down the road will what you are doing matter more than playing with your children? What memories do you want to have later in your life- being busy or playing hide and seek with your children? Take charge of your life and turn your “busy” into time that you spend doing what matters most!
Have some fun today!