“The opposite of busy in today’s world is sustained, focused attention. It is deep engagement in activities that really matter to us, or in conversations with those we care about.”
~ Tony Crabbe, Busy: How to thrive in a world of too much
I wake early and take the opportunity to finish the book I’ve been reading. Then tired, fall back asleep, waking the second time later than normal, setting the tone for the day as slightly off kilter.
Wishing for a quiet day at home but there are things to be done. I will go about the day–pausing to worship with my church family, then getting things done–longing to have time for that deep engagement in activities that matter.
As I write this I realize that the things I fill my day with today do matter–a lot, in fact–and that there will be time for those other activities by and by.
”’Tis the season for busyness it seems. In this season of my life I have little patience for busy so I push through feeling somewhat bristly.
Recalling a conversation with my daughter recently about recognizing a tendency she has for putting so much pressure on herself to make things wonderful that she ends up with a migraine and unable to enjoy the occasion. Yes. Must be a genetic tendency.
Pausing now, I pray. A fresh attitude, a new outlook, an abundance of gratitude, strength to push through, wisdom to go of what needs to be let go of.