We have a great infatuation with busyness in western culture. Calling someone “busy” is one of the highest complements we pay (If you want something done, ask a busy person); it’s also a rock solid excuse for saying no to things you don’t want to do. (Oh, I’d love to help you but I’m just so busy!) In fact, “Busy” is such a popular state, it has replaced “fine” as the standard response to the question “How are you?”
I’m Not Saying Busyness is All Bad
It provides a great adreniline rush. It is incredibly satisfying to look back on a full day and feel like you’ve really earned your TV or rest-time. Then there is that deep sense of satisfaction that comes from a completed to-do list.
It’s no wonder so many of us are addicted to the rush of too much to do in too little time. Continue reading