Too busy to read this?
Think that over. What makes up your busyness?
- Running kids/family to and fro
- House work
- Caring for others
There are any number of things that take up our time in a day. As was pointed out to me by my pastor, Shon Smith, typically we are busy to look good and feel needed. That hit home with me.
Time has been eluding me lately because the location of my office changed. With moving and change comes stress. Looking at this helped me to see that the stress is because I feel the need to be ‘on’ all the time. New relationships to be made, new prospects for my business to win, and where is my stapler?
There are no kids here to run back and forth, however, I now run between home and office. Time is spent figuring out where things are, here or there, such as my stapler? My neighbors might see this busyness and think I am worth something.
Housework used to be easy because my house was my business and the business paid for the place to be cleaned. Now, it’s another thing to add to my busy schedule.
Caring for others, been there done that. Well wait; there are things I do for my husband. Oh, and then there are the others at work for whom I might do a chore or two to help. Then there is the person at church who needs a meal or a visit.
This segues into volunteering nicely, be it a chamber event, church function, or one of the organizations on whose board I sit, I volunteer. Heck, if I don’t who will?
I must admit I have an addictive personality and when Shon pointed out that busyness can be an addiction it hit me between the eyes. Sure, I don’t drink, smoke, drug, or gamble but boy I can put myself out there for anyone any time and it’s okay, right? Wrong!
My clients run and run until their body breaks down in tight muscle knots. When they come to me for relief, I do my best to explain to them that it is okay to take care of you. After all, if you don’t take care of you, you won’t be there for them. I don’t know how many times I say this to others in a week.
It is time that I stop pointing my accusing finger at them and ignoring the three pointing back at me (another sign of addiction, by the way). Thanks to Shon, I am making a confession here and now that I am addicted to busyness. I will take the next step in asking God to relieve me of this compulsion. I will take a hard look to see if my actions have harmed others and I will prepare to amend that relationship. Finally, daily I will ask God each day to guide my way and nudge me when I go astray.
How about you? You don’t have to go to my God, though he does love you, you can go to anything you see as bigger than you, a higher power. Something to which you are comfortable giving control over your actions or at least a portion of your life. If you need help, just ask, my schedule will be freeing up soon.