Steve CookBusyness–the arch enemy to living an abundant life.  I’m always talking about this and encouraging people to just slow down and enjoy life.  Sometimes I even need to take the advice myself.  And modern technological advances have not helped us, they have mostly hurt us in this.

Why do we settle for less?

Through the Lifeonaire book and at our Lifeonaire events, we strive to overcome the disease of busyness and help you to live abundantly.

I read this incredible article and wanted to share it with all of you.  You will need to click on the link to read the whole thing.

I saw a dear friend a few days ago. I stopped by to ask her how she was doing, how her family was. She looked up, voice lowered, and just whimpered: “I’m so busy… I am so busy… have so much going on.”

Almost immediately after, I ran into another friend and asked him how he was. Again, same tone, same response: “I’m just so busy… got so much to do.”

The tone was exacerbated, tired, even overwhelmed.

And it’s not just adults. When we moved to North Carolina about ten years ago, we were thrilled to be moving to a city with a great school system. We found a diverse neighborhood, filled with families. Everything felt good, felt right.

After we settled in, we went to one of the friendly neighbors, asking if their daughter and our daughter could get together and play. The mother, a really lovely person, reached for her phone and pulled out the calendar function. She scrolled… and scrolled… and scrolled. She finally said: “She has a 45-minute opening two and half weeks from now. The rest of the time it’s gymnastics, piano, and voice lessons. She’s just…. so busy.”

Horribly destructive habits start early, really early.

How did we end up living like this? Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we do this to our children? When did we forget that we are human beings, not human doings?

Whatever happened to a world in which kids get muddy, get dirty, get messy, and heavens, get bored? Do we have to love our children so much that we over-schedule them, making them stressed and busy — just like us?

Click here to read the rest of the article…

What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts below.

Share This