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.

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8 responses »

  1. Great blog, fantastic subject we needed that. However don’t be too hard on yourself.Whew, you have been busy. You may be superwoman, but even superwoman has to have that balance you were talking about. We all need to take account of the balance factor occasionally and get that rotation and spin balance for smoother trips.I’m in. Love the graphics ..

    • Joel, that’s a great reminder also, not to be so hard on myself. Most of us do too much of that. I’m grateful for wonderful friends like you who gently remind me to stay on track and to also be kind to myself while I’m working at it. Thanks for stopping by to comment … I love your input!

    • Does the spiritual group have a FB page? If so, I think you can click on the FB link below and share it. If not, you may be able to cut and paste which is fine with me if that works.

      Oh, I know. Ask Mo. I bet he’ll be able to tell you – he knows a lot more about how to do this stuff than I do. And if i figure anything out, I’ll let you know.

      • I meant the FB link above, not below, but then it may just show up on your FB page. Can you tell I don’t know what I’m talking about? Lol.

    • My spiritual page is like the Zumba Fan group, just a group created like a folder in my face book page, except focused on inspirational thoughts and such, more along the Christianity line, but I find your writings are very inspiring. I’ll have to do some investigation and like you say, Mo may know something about how to post a blog. I had a friend from church who had a blog and he posted it a article on his blog into the group, but he was a member of the group. I haven’t made you a member of the group, but would if you find such things interesting I’d be glad to add you and see if you like staying or posting sometimes. Thanks for your replies. My apologies for just now finding them and getting back to you.

      • Glad you stopped by, Tim! And Joel, yes, I’d love to be a part of the group. If you add me, maybe I can figure out how to share the blog post.

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