Crazy Busy

There was a great op-ed piece in the New York Times by TIm Kreider, about working and being busy.

If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: “Busy!” “So busy.” “Crazy busy.” It is, pretty obviously, a boast disguised as a complaint. And the stock response is a kind of congratulation: “That’s a good problem to have,” or “Better than the opposite.”
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I want to dream lazily and do work when I am inspired. That seems to be crazy, but I think it is the right way to work.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

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3 responses on “Crazy Busy

  1. Cornwoman

    I’m not sure that I agree that saying you’re crazy busy is bragging for many of us, though it may be true for some. For the rest of us, I see it as a legitimate complaint that our current society of the tyranny of the immediate with it’s constant barrage of input and the demands in our lives because of it prohibit the second comment/quote.

    The second comment/quote is more on the money, as it gives our creativity a break from the constant input and allows it to “percolate” inside in peace without all of the distractions until it’s a passion to work.

    I do love what was said in the final section. Lots to think about in that one. I suspect that if we are applying the gifts that God has given us (after discovering what they are) that it is true. Perhaps it is more that the fear is not of success, but of not using that gift in the way that we were intended to use it, thereby not achieving the level of success that we were designed to achieve. Primarily that would be due to a lack of understanding of the gift itself.

    Thanks for giving us food for thought, with different perspectives.

  2. Fabienne

    Tim Kreider’s column hits home in many ways and makes me examine how I allow myself to be swept into the frenzy of a fast paced life. For the most part I am fiercely protective of my non-work time but it takes a conscious effort not to say yes to every social event that comes along.

    @Cornwoman, I do think his statement that it’s a subtle brag is accurate in many circles, where busy = important/sought after/loved/etc. Not in mine, thankfully, but protecting ourselves from the “barrage of input” (nicely said) does require constant vigilance.

    May you all have an idle day or two!

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