There is a word that I often hear that drives me absolutely bonkers. I think the reason I am so bothered by its use is because most times when I hear it, I am reminded of the great value that is placed on tasks and how little value is placed on relationships. I understand that our world has evolved into a very fast-paced, "get-it-now," hurry up culture, but I still think that people and relationships are of the utmost importance. It's amazing to me that with all of the modern technologies that we are so privileged to afford, which are designed to make life easier, free-up more time, and provide us with less manual labor, that we find no time for personal contact with one another.
Well if you haven't guessed it by now, that word is busy. "I'm so busy." is the term that's so readily expressed by many. I try desperately not to use the word busy as I don't ever want my family or friends to think I was ever too busy for them, or that the word busy superseded my relationship with them.
What are we really so busy doing? Is it that we have all of this free time thanks to our modern world that we pile on more to our day? Are we overloaded with the cares of this life and our to do lists are too long? Or is it a fashion statement to be deemed too busy to return calls, messages, emails and/or letters (dare I say), in a timely manner.
Are we all busy? Of course. I am not trying at all to devalue the fact that we all have lives and very full ones. I am just hoping that we can be sensitive to our relationships and be careful not to come across as too busy to give ourselves to those who desire our times, attention or care.