The Pollution of Busyness: Part 1

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In Hong Kong the air quality can get so bad that the city puts out posters of the city skyline free of pollution for people to take pictures with.

My life sometimes feels like this.

I can get so busy, so overwhelmed with the day-to-day that I feel that I must hide that ugliness in the background. I hide behind words like, “I’m fine,” “I’m busy, but with all good stuff,” and “It’s just that time of year when I get busy.” Of course, there is a certain level of truth to all of those. But honestly, I want to live better than fine. I want to be aware of the “bad stuff” that’s eating up my time. And yes, there are certain times in the year when we are more busy, but what happens if those times never slow down? What if the busyness extends far past its expiration date?

Since I started this little series, I have been searching for ways to cut out busy in my  life. Here a few things I have learned.

1. Some busy won’t and can’t go away unless I am intentional about cutting things out.

2. I always have enough time in my day to get everything done. What needs to change in my routine to cut out some busyness?

3. Social outlets such as Facebook and Instagram are great, but I want to make personal connections. Logging on to these has done nothing but limit my time with real people in real situations. It needs to go for now.

4. Busyness happens. Doing things that help me relax and recharge must be added. Something must be cut, and recharging must be added.

5. Busyness numbs thoughts, feelings, and passions. As a writer, this is killing my craft.

Our world is a fast-paced, on-the-go, drive-thru, world. I mean we’re so rushed that sometimes we don’t even finish the word “through.” Cutting out busy goes against cultural norms. But I don’t care. I want to have time in my life for the people I am around right now. Because in one year, those people will be gone, and the time I will have with them will disappear. I want to be present with the people I am with.

And that means cutting back the pollution of busyness.


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