I read something recently about a “new” trend to be “unbusy.” I’m thinking about what that means . . . .
It seems that in our quest to be successful in a career, as a volunteer, as a worker in our church or community, as a parent, or as a “perfect” woman, we are exhausted. That is truly a collective “we” in that almost all of the women I know are flying from one event, activity, commitment, appointment, lesson, class, webinar, or some such thing that we are always stressed and weary. Is that you? It is most definitely ME!
Even though I will admit that I’m not able to keep up with all of that quite like I did 20 years ago (or more!), and our lives are relatively simple compared to lots of others that I know, it still seems like every day is filled with things that are calling my name quite loudly. Like today. My TO DO list is hanging over my head with a long list of responsibilities for my home and family, my online projects including two blogs and a couple of Etsy shops. Oh, and a magazine that I am responsible to publish EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH. I did that to myself, and even though I LOVE to work on that project, sometimes I find myself scrambling to get all the last details just right. Because I’m like that, and won’t put something out into the world unless I’m pretty sure it has been done RIGHT.
Have you thought about how to become “unbusy”? I would love to hear your thoughts on how to minimize (I think that’s a pretty trendy topic, too) and calm down the endless demands of life. Which is really difficult if not almost impossible if you have kids. Which I still do, and saying “NO” occasionally is just as hard for me now as it was back in the day when my older kids were teenagers.
What is the benefit or the downside of striving to be “unbusy”? Or are we FOMO every day of our lives? “Fear of missing out” is certainly a plague among the younger generation, but don’t we, as parents, have an unspoken dread that our kids will miss out on something in life? And what if they do? I don’t know . . . . I missed out on most everything that was available to kids when I was a teenager, and it didn’t kill me. So maybe I need to stop already with worrying that my little darlings will be somehow dysfunctional if they don’t get to do EVERYTHING that comes along. Seems like there probably is value in being quiet, calm, rested and at peace in my home, my heart, and in my life. I’m still thinking about what this all means. I’m open to suggestions!
PS I actually have a lot more to write about this topic, but guess what . . . . I have to fly out the door in a few minutes so I can’t finish this blog post until later!
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