Food for Thought: On Being Busy

Saying I am “Busy,” can signal the need to avoid something unpleasant.

Many people use “busy” as their catch all buzz word to hide their preference to not respond or discuss something that might make them feel uncomfortable. I know I have used it myself on more than one occasion. It is the perfect excuse to get out of anything we don’t want to do.

But using that “busy” excuse gives rise to beg these questions:

Are we all so “busy” that we can’t respond when asked something?

Are we all so “busy” that we can’t be kind and good to one another?

Are we all so “busy” that we decline to meet in real life with friends, or spend our time with them, constantly checking our smart phones for updates and conversations with people who aren’t in our presence at the moment.

The list goes on…

We all crave interaction with one another but we so often fill in the gaps of having interaction with others with social media, which can often leave real-time interaction to often suffer or fall by the wayside.

As one who has spent 20 years online being “busy,” I find myself craving more of the personal interaction with people in my life that includes being with them in real-time, sans the connection to the internet.

I’m not big on New years Resolutions, but here in this first month of 2017, one of my great goals it to make time to be less “busy” online and spend more real-time with people. I imagine myself being like the seagulls pictured above, chilling together with out checking our digital devices!


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