“If time is money, then I’m broke. I think a lot of us are.” — Jeff Shinabarger
And by our own accounts, many of us are broke, time wise. What is the most common short answer to the question, how are you? Busy. Tired. (Or both.)
I use the term busy and busyness to refer to any use of our time that habitually distracts us from meaningful connections with people and from a mindful pursuit of what we want most in life.
Corporate advertising and social media tell us what a happy and successful family should look like: the perfect house, obedient and adorable children excelling in multiple extracurricular activities, parents doing it all perfectly (just like Pinterest shows us) while climbing their career ladder flawlessly.
We don’t have to follow this dream, and we may want to start asking ourselves if this is a worthwhile dream at all. I can’t imagine anyone gets to the end of their life wishing they’d spent more time pursuing status, possessions and money, or less time on relationships with those they love.
I’ve shared more about being broke in busyness over at No Sidebar. I’d love to have you follow me on over!