Episode 83: The Dis-ease of Being Busy

Episode 83: The Dis-ease of Being Busy

This week we break down the pros and cons of being "busy" using the article "The Disease of Being Busy" by Omid Safi as our guide.

Questions for reflection

  • Would you consider yourself a busy person?
  • What are you busy doing?
  • Has that ever been an ideal for you?
  • How did we get here (being so busy)?
  • How do you feel when there is an extended period of time when you are not busy?
  • Would you consider being busy an addiction or a disease?

Quotes from the article

“This disease of being “busy” (and let’s call it what it is, the dis-ease of being busy, when we are never at ease) is spiritually destructive to our health and wellbeing. It saps our ability to be fully present with those we love the most in our families, and keeps us from forming the kind of community that we all so desperately crave.”
  • Has it been destructive for you?
  • Work/ life balance. Do you have that?
"In many Muslim cultures, when you want to ask them how they’re doing, you ask: in Arabic, Kayf haal-ik? or, in Persian, Haal-e shomaa chetoreh? How is your haal?" What is this haal that you inquire about? It is the transient state of one’s heart. In reality, we ask, “How is your heart doing at this very moment, at this breath?” When I ask, “How are you?” that is really what I want to know.”
“Tell me you remember you are still a human being, not just a human doing. Tell me you’re more than just a machine, checking off items from your to-do list. Have that conversation, that glance, that touch. Be a healing conversation, one filled with grace and presence.”
  • Do you have an internal barometer to tell when you are getting to be too busy?
  • When you find yourself getting to be too busy, how do you reel it in?
  • Do you think there is this glorification of being busy?

Episode quote brought to you by Cadacia

'Crazy-busy' is a great armor, it's a great way for numbing. What a lot of us do is that we stay so busy, and so out in front of our life, that the truth of how we're feeling and what we really need can't catch up.

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