I do it. I bet you do it too. I run into someone I haven’t seen for a while in the grocery store and we greet each other…”Hi! How are you?” “Great…we are all great…and…well…you know…(and then I give them that obnoxious all-knowing sideways head nod and loudly whisper)…BUSY!! SO. SO. BUSY.” Why do I do that? Why do I (and so many in my parenting generation) glorify the state of being busy? We wear it proudly like a badge of honor. As if it somehow adds to our self-worth.
It’s not like we aren’t telling the truth. We are. We are a busy generation. I have a list to prove it, and so do you! I work full-time, I am enrolled in a doctoral program, I have an 8 year-old who plays ice hockey and an 11 year-old who swims 4 days a week, and my husband works full-time, and we all wear workout and work clothes every day which makes for mountains of laundry, and we eat on dishes that stack up on the counter, and we have a dog that can scale a 7 foot fence in one jump, and it goes on and on and on…I’m sure your list matches mine or probably even tops it. But lately I feel like I am tired of being defined by this list. Tired of feeling like I have to keep getting busier because everyone else is busier than me. Stop it already. It’s not a competition.
So I am refocusing. I am making an intention to stop glorifying “busy” and start looking instead toward my purpose. It’s not WHAT I am doing that is important it’s WHY. So let’s roll back through my list with focused attention on the “why”… Work and school have been a priority for me for a long time. I am grateful for the opportunity I have to be a positive influence on college students and help them prepare for their futures. Taking classes is mentally stimulating for me, and I am truly enjoying the process. I am proud that we are encouraging our kids to be healthy and active. Hopefully it’s a habit that will stay with them the rest of their lives. Caring for my husband and children is a blessing. How fortunate are we to have a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs and food to eat? Our dogs are completely crazy…but seeing the unconditional love they provide to our family is heart warming. See the difference? It’s all about perspective…
What’s your WHY? Have you ever stepped back from this business of being busy and decided what’s really important? Are there items on your list that aren’t getting you anywhere? Not serving any real purpose for you? What can you do to drop them off your list? Are there items you wish were on the list but you just haven’t done whatever it is to make it happen? Maybe because you have just been too “busy”?
One item lacking for me is my desire to help people on their health and fitness journey. I miss teaching group exercise classes, but it just doesn’t fit my life anymore. Neither does spending hours at the gym. But over the past few years I have educated myself on the “ins and outs” of living a heart friendly lifestyle….even on the “busiest” of days and with all the stresses of family life mixed in. Through my business opportunity with Beachbody, I am granted ability to share this information with others. I get to help people change their lives!! If you are looking to make a change to your health, lose weight, become more active, or improve your nutritional habits…I can help! If you are just wishing you had the energy to bike ride with your kids, or knew how to make quick, budget friendly weeknight meals, I can help with that too!
I encourage you to take a few minutes this week to consider your WHY. What is holding you back from being your absolute best?? We only go around once…let’s do what we can to make the most of it. Busy isn’t a lifestyle…it’s just a list.