“How are you?” –
“Oh, I’m so BUSY!”
“Hello there, how ya
“I am swamped, I’m too BUSY!”
“What are you up too, want to …..
"No, no, no, I can’t I have too much going on- I’m too BUSY!”
“I’m busy” has become our response to any greeting.
Busy has become our natural state.
Busy has become a thing- a noun – like a dark shadow that circles our lives.
Do you see what we are doing to ourselves? When did we begin equating being busy with success?
Maybe it began as an attempt to seem important by verbally listing the engagements, meetings and commitments we have on our to-do-list…and ending with a sigh. Always a sigh.
At some point we began believing our own self talk. After all, our mind and brain will believe our own voice more than any other voice. And we were very convincing.
We began to believe that we had to have a list to keep up with everyone else. We had to be busy!
We began to believe that the level of busy-ness was the measure of our own self-worth. So the list became longer. We foolishly became filled with distracting details of our activities. The exchanged expression of ALL we have to do became expected. And exhausting.
But, we didn’t stop there. We began adding things to our lives.
Remember being busy = success!
Yes, life moves fast. New age electronics have increased this speed at an astounding pace. It is frightening to ponder. We all have work, families, responsibilities and commitments. Do we have to make ourselves even more overwhelmed with the continual documenting of our busy-ness to everyone we interact with?
Secretly we just want to scream!
What if we began answering greetings with,
“I’m well, I’m happy and I am thrilled to
see you today!”
What if we greeted others with,
“What is making you happy today?”
And then, shut up and smile.
Possibly, just possibly, the response may be more engaging than the level of overloaded activities filling the pack on their back.
They may just share a joyful story or expression of happiness. The way greetings are meant to be.
Here is mine to you:
“Hello there, how are you?
What brings you joy today?”
And your response is???
Pennie’s Life Lesson:
“Stop telling yourself and others how busy you are. Instead speak of the joy and happiness that fills your life!”
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