Now, there are a lot of little idioms that we have in the English language that utilize the word, busy: we call someone who inserts themselves into the lives and business of others a busy body, we call someone who is doing a lot or being productive a busy bee or say that they are as busy as a beaver, or taking it it a totally different direction, we can "get busy" with someone - having a sexual connotation. But crazy busy really intrigues me. Let's look for a moment at the definitions of both of these words. From Merriam Webster online:
CRAZY: Unsound, askew, insane, mad, erratic, impractical
BUSY: engaged in action, full of activity
Hmmmmm....is this really something to aspire to? As individuals, as a culture, globally? What does the pursuit of crazy busy provide us with? Perhaps we crave a sense of purpose? A feeling of being needed, of our importance, our essentiality? I suspect that this is what we are craving, but that the way in which we are "busying" ourselves is not really delivering the return we hoped for.
I am a very active and passionate person. I am truly blessed to LOVE the work that I do. But just as easily as anyone, I can suddenly find myself on that proverbial hamster wheel, spinning round and round, without gaining ground. What if we could cultivate the busy, without the crazy? If we could just strive to be, as in the definition, engaged in action and full of activity, full of life? Is there an action you've long been desiring to take? An issue you are passionate about? A resolution that has already fallen by the wayside, lost in the day to day demands of crazy busy?
For me, it is vital to engage in moments of mindful rest, powerful playtime, or conscious stillness, to best refine and clarify what actions I should be taking. For example I realized last week, that I hadn't been on a hike in months. I adore hiking - I usually go with a friend or two so it is both a chance to catch up and spend time socially, as well as a time to re-connect with nature, to step back and get some perspective. Hiking and spending time with friends while doing so, buoys my spirit, benefits my health, and inspires me to live a more mindful lifestyle, in the hopes of preserving and honoring the planet that is my home. It does not accomplish any of the number of things that are on my "to-do" list, but in a way, it facilitates my approaching and accomplishing those same items, with more joy, with a clearer head and heart. How often have you felt guilty for doing something pleasurable to you, rather than working on something from your "to-do" list? When it becomes all about that list, and not about balance, I start to HATE THAT LIST! Why are we compelled to drain the joy from our lives?
This month, I plan on striving to take the crazy out of my busy. To keep the fun in my fundamentals. To strike a balance between work and play. And to focus some of that drive and ambition that are within me, to issues that transcend my personal day to day life and have a positive influence on my community (I have a few things I'm excited about trying to bring in to fruition this year, but I'm not at a point where I've accomplished enough of the groundwork to let you all know what I'm up to just yet - stay tuned!).
This week, can you take a moment to connect with something - an activity, a person, a behavior - that brings you joy and perspective? Can you keep the busy but ditch the crazy? Personally, my goal is to remove that particular idiom from my vocabulary! It honestly reminds me of a line from Shakespeare's Macbeth,
"Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
Really, so depressing, right? That mind set is no way to live your life. So here's to a week of leaving the "sound and fury" behind us, and instead cultivating the subtlety of our power, refining it and reserving it for what is truly important to us.
Namaste and Love,