Busy with gasps of delight

I recently overheard a conversation between two women, one of whom said to the other:

My schedule was so busy, I peed on mute today.

I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Apparently being busy is the great badge of honor. 

What’s interesting is, nearly a century ago, the greatest fiction writer of her times wrote the following passage. Rand said:

People hurry because they’re afraid. It’s not a purpose that drives them, it’s fear. They’re not going anywhere, they’re escaping. And they don’t know what it is they want to escape. They don’t look at one another. They jerk when brushed against. But it’s not joy, it’s pleading. 

Fast forward to today, and another popular fiction writer wrote the following. Krieder said:

Almost everyone I know is busy. They feel anxious and guilty when they aren’t either working or doing something to promote their work. But people aren’t busy because of their own ambition or drive or anxiety, but because they dread what they might have to face in its absence. The big picture questions they’ve successfully kept at bay. 

Proving, that after almost one hundred years, human beings are still hedging against emptiness. We’re still searching for existential reassurance. And we’re still filling any space in time with busy work because we feel insecure doing nothing. 

Because we’re terrified to release our grip of control on life and just let the joy carry us. 

The liberation, of course, is when we realize that we don’t have to respond to every magnet. That we’re not obligated by some busyness committee to introduce more new objects of attention in our worlds.


Are you busy with gobs of demands on your time, or busy with gasps of delight in your heart? 

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