Daily Archives: August 15, 2011

Too Busy To Be

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“Busyness is the enemy of spirituality. It is essentially laziness. It is doing the easy thing instead of the hard thing. It is filling our time with our own actions instead of paying attention to God.” Eugene Peterson (Photo of Sally Taylor)

Busy as a bee = too busy to be. 

Silly, I know, but once I noticed the correlation, I couldn’t unnotice it.

I scrambled to justify why I put aside morning readings, my time writing to God, and a 13-item gratitude list I used to say out loud in the shower.

Here are a few reasons I came up with … 

I started three jobs within a month of each other, two on the same day.

In the last 90 days, I’ve written sixty plus articles for newspapers, magazines and websites, not including posts for my own blog.

Two short months from now, our daughter gets married. Her wedding plans include dozens of decisions about invitations, outfits, final selection of foods, flowers, song list, and the list goes on.

It wasn’t until I received a three-way Facebook message this morning that it dawned on me I could step out of commotion and into moments of calmness.

My friends shared about wanting and needing to get back to their morning and evening habits of quiet time including reading, prayer and meditation.

“Are you in?” asked one of them.

Yes, I’m in.

How about you?

WRite wHere I’m supposed to be – My friends’ Facebook message, alongside Peterson’s quote, reminds me to stop busying myself with daily details to the point of forgetting spiritual ones.

On the side: Thanks for giving permission to use your photo, Sally. It’s all the buzz.