What are we so busy about?
We are busy.
It is so rare to hear a different response to the question “How are you?” that I wonder why we even bother asking anymore. We’ve come to believe that “busy” is synonymous with productivity, efficiency, organization and overall worthiness to be alive. Although disguised as a complaint, “busy” is actually a boast and the majority of people seem proud to be ruled by it.
This makes me think about two separate, but linked, quotes from Mark Twain:
- "When you set aside mere names & come down to realities, you'll find that we are ruled by a King just as other absolute monarchies are. His name is The Majority."
- "Whenever you find yourself on the side of The Majority, it is time to pause, reflect and reform."
Labor Day, a day set aside to celebrate the contributions that people have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country, is a great day to pause and reflect on how our own choices add value. In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “It is not enough to be busy (even ants are busy). The question is, what are we busy about?"
Maybe it's time for reform.
Enjoy your “resplendent" Sunday.
ENRICHMENTS [AKA WORKSHOPS & RETREATS]