I love it when I stumble across articles that make me reminisce of my childhood and then in the same instance have me re-examine my life and what I could be doing different.
Along with millions of people out there, I fall prey to the notion that I need to be busy all of the time to be successful. That I should, according to Brene Brown, “Let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self worth.” I fondly remember the days as a child of spending the entire summer outdoors, playing, talking, being, and yes at times, even being bored! It was a good thing, it was healthy.
I will put my favorite paragraph(s) below for you to read, but do hope you find the time to read it in its entirety…For I know what I need to ask my family tonight… “I want to know how your heart is doing.”
“What happened to a world in which we can sit with the people we love so much and have slow conversations about the state of our heart and soul, conversations that slowly unfold, conversations with pregnant pauses and silences that we are in no rush to fill?
How did we create a world in which we have more and more and more to do with less time for leisure, less time for reflection, less time for community, less time to just… be?
Somewhere we read, “The unexamined life is not worth living… for a human.” How are we supposed to live, to examine, to be, to become, to be fully human when we are so busy?
This disease of being “busy” (and let’s call it what it is, the dis-ease of being busy, when we are never at ease) is spiritually destructive to our health and wellbeing. It saps our ability to be fully present with those we love the most in our families, and keeps us from forming the kind of community that we all so desperately crave.”