I once saw a quote that said, "Stop the glorification of busy." I don't know who said it but at that moment I needed to read those words.
Because I was busy. Doing. Keeping up. Not keeping up. Busy being overwhelmed.
Work. Life in general. Stuff in my head and stuff in my heart. Busy trying to figure it out. Busy trying to avoid figuring it out.
Because we generally glorify busy-ness. Go, go, go. Pull yourself up by the bootstraps! No rest! Conversations between friends, between family - How are you? Busy! You? That's the norm, yes?
It took me a very long time, but I think I am finally seeing the value in giving that up. There is no glory in being busy all the time. I don't get any farther ahead in this life. But, I do miss out. I miss out on that gentle run I was too busy for. I miss out on goofing around with my dogs and laughing out loud. I miss out on sitting outside without a phone, without noise, without distraction and just being still.
Everything has a balance. And I am most balanced when I let some things go and stop being so busy. I am most balanced when I take care of myself, when I put down the piles of papers to grade, when I do something just because it will bring me joy.
When I am feeling the craziness of busy-ness, I have to stop and ask myself what I can let go of. What can wait? Where does my attention really need to be? I pause and check in with myself. Sometimes it means I have to speak honestly at work and ask for things that will put me back in balance. Sometimes it means drawing boundaries. Sometimes it means sitting down and writing a gratitude list. Sometimes it means putting my phone away for the evening and not checking it again until the morning.
I hope you'll take a moment and check in with you. Ask yourself what you need. Ask yourself what you can let go of. Do something today that will bring you joy.
Happy Weekend and many blessings,
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