I do know that many people identify themselves as "busy". Perhaps it makes them feel important and contributors to the world. If one was to answer the question "How are you doing?" by describing how relaxed they were living their lives at a slower pace would you think of them any less? Would you think they were slacking off, or lazy, or perhaps retired?
How did "being busy" become a good thing and valued in our society? Why do we, as North Americans, think this is a fine way to live our lives?There is a great scene in the movie "Eat, Pray, Love" where Julia Robert's character is sitting in a barber shop in Italy listening to the rant of a local on the lifestyle of the average North American. Evidently, we North Americans work too hard only to exhaust ourselves to the point of hibernating on the weekends in our sweat pants. He really did have a great point (and a funny one at that).
|Poor little cartoon character! She looks|
completely stressed out.
Does any parent want their kids to experience the health costs due to a stressful lifestyle such as; high blood pressure, digestive issues, over/under eating, insomnia, addictions, cancers and other chronic diseases, relationship difficulties, feelings of depression and premature aging, and much more? Sounds like the warnings on a pharmaceutical label doesn't it? I don't think any parent would want this for their child. BUT...teaching them how to be busy is one sure way of making this happen.
|This is a beautiful picture on so many levels!|
That's all I got today.