I don't know about you, but I have a lot going on in my life. Some would say that I am "busy". I have a full time job that often requires more than 40 hours a week, I have an active teenager who cheers for her high school and at an all star gym, I have a big house, and a side hustle. I have a lot going on.
Last year, while attending conference for work, I went to a session moderated by Thom Singer. Thom talked about how so many people today wear "busy" almost like a badge of honor. His example was running into someone at an airport or out and about somewhere and asking them how they are. So often the answer is, "I'm so busy!" Thom thought about that and how frequently he heard it, so he consciously changed his way of thinking. Now if you ask him how he is, his response is "I am fortunate." Something about that resonated with me.
I truly believe that being busy is a choice. Within reason, we all control our own schedules and lives. I have an active schedule because it is important to me for my daughter to be involved in a sport that she loves and honestly, I enjoy being a part of, and I want to build a side business doing something that I love. Sometimes my job requires that I travel and work more than 40 hours a week, which is also a choice. If I didn't want to travel or work those hours, I have the choice to find another job.
Recently I started following the Facebook page "Becoming Unbusy". I shared this graphic on my Facebook page and a friend commented that she eliminated the words "busy" and "stressed" from her vocabulary. Those words bring a burden that she simply doesn't want to carry. I love that idea. I know that words have power and refuse to give my power away! I do not want to carry the burden of "busy" when really, my "busy" is a BLESSING.
I am so fortunate to have a job that I love, a healthy, active family, and a thriving side gig. I wouldn't change it for anything (well, if I won the mega millions, I would make a few changes)! Join me in an effort to change your way of thinking about your life and your schedule. Let's stop trying out "out-busy" one another and embrace the blessings that we have. We all the the same 24 hours each and every day. Let's make the most of every minute and enjoy life to the fullest.
Who is with me?
Until next time....