I manage our business Facebook page. You know how Facebook will prompt you to update your status by saying, "What's on your mind?" On the business pages, it will prompt you with other things, like "Are you doing anything special for the holidays?" or "Share something with your audience..."
Today, the prompt really stood out to me. It said "Tell people what you're busy with today..." I have recently been thinking a lot about "busyness." I have a friend whose life motto is "End the glorification of 'busy.'"
Elder Utchdorf commented on the glorification of busy:
"And, sad to say, we even wear our busyness as a badge of honor, as though being busy, by itself, was an accomplishment or sign of a superior life.
I think of our Lord and Exemplar, Jesus Christ, and His short life among the people of Galilee and Jerusalem. I have tried to imagine Him bustling between meetings or multitasking to get a list of urgent things accomplished.
We live in a culture of stress and overabundance. We run from work, school, practice, lessons, parties and errands in an endless whirlwind of busyness. Maybe it makes us feel important. Maybe we look down on those who are not busy because we are jealous of them. We may think we have to do all these things. When we see people with the focus to say no, people with control over their lives, people who delegate and are interdependent, maybe we are a bit envious.
We know that the way they are living is good, better than the meaningless hustle and bustle. They seem to posses such clarity; we feel embarrassed to be so overwhelmed. So we start to make excuses about why we need to be so busy, and we defensively attack non-busy people questioning whether they are as needed or important or high-functioning as us.
Of course, life does get busy at times. But it's one thing to get busy once in a while, and quite another to live as an angry American, ready to explode the second a car cuts in front of you on the road. Life is not meant to be lived that way.
I am a fan of yoga and meditation. When you are so high strung all the time, it's hard to slow down and connect with your body. It's sad that we get that way. We forget how to feel.
There is an interesting phenomenon that occurs when busy people first experience yoga. They cry. Even if they're not sad. They feel the weight of things that have happened to them years ago. They breakdown after being overwhelmed for far too long. They finally take the time to slow down and connect with their bodies. They feel.
Busyness is jading. It forces people to go into survival mode because they can't emotionally handle all of the stimulation they're experiencing. This is a great mechanism when you have to go through really stressful times. But it can be hard to turn that off when the stressful times are over. It takes conscious effort to clear our minds and schedules and end the glorification of busy.