Jul 3, 2012

Step Back From The Busy


Shortly after my post about my crazy month, I read an article about how our busyness is all self-imposed and we would all be happier if we were less busy, but we wear our busyness like a badge of honor.   (Or, you know, something like that.)

Which I think is true, my busy month is pretty much all self-imposed, except that in my defense,  it's not like I've got a kid in five hundred activities on top of five hundred activities of my own.  And I kinda just needed to vent.

I would LOVE to be part of a culture that recognizes the importance of idleness and doesn't over-emphasize the importance of keeping busy.  Please, sign me up for living in a little villa in the south of France.  The problem, of course, is money.  How would we make any?  Because as much as I don't have to worry about that (thank you, Adam, for being our breadwinner), and as much as I would love to not need it, we kind of do.

I am in this culture where busyness and things are important, and it's hard not to get caught up in it all.  Would I rather be in a quaint village with nothing to do?  Absolutely.  Well, most of the time.  Except for those times when I'm desperate for things to do with the girls.  But then I'd be required to use my creativity.  Like going for more walks and finding a deeper appreciation for nature.  Picking wildflowers.  Baking more cakes.

I feel like I'm starting to romanticize living in a small village in the south of France.  Maybe?  Nah.  It would be awesome.

I digress.

The point is, I have to remember that I have control over how much "busy" there is in my life.  And just because our society seems to equate busyness with importance, doesn't mean that I have to too.

Here's to a little less To Do and a little more Free Time, for playing with the girls, meeting friends for cheesecake, reading good books, and walking a little more slowly through life.


xoxo.
Christine




6 comments:

  1. I read that article too and it made me think a lot about how "busy" I really am. I do often blame others or work or whatever for why I'm so busy and it's so easy to lose sight of the fact that I do have control over that. I am coming off a ridiculous month or two and I'm really trying to step back and pull in the reins, especially now that it's summer. Yes, here's to more free time and less to dos (and maybe a villa in France too?)

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    1. Yes, a villa in France. Please. Some day. GOod luck with your pulling back this month. A very big luck to you!

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  2. Tuscany, I want one in Tuscany please.:) I think you are right, our society wears busy like a badge of honor and I'm bucking the system. Taking a break today and actually reading in the middle of the day - *gasp*. Nice to visit here.

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    1. Tuscany sounds absolutely lovely too!

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  3. i'm pretty sure i'd like to live in a village in france too. and i agree. i want to revel in rest, in nurturing rest in my children, in being humble enough to admit, i need a sabbath. so glad to have found you through just write. e.

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    1. Thank you for visiting! Rest, ah, that sounds wonderful.

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