Being busy is not a virtue

In today’s constantly moving world, it is easy to mistake being busy for a virtue.

We are in a performance driven society that puts forward a model of unreal perfection, which promotes toxic standards that cause the general population not to take care of themselves. We literally admire people who never relax, who are always on the go, who have full lives filled with work and activities. We should stop. Being busy is not a virtue, it’s a lifestyle choice. For many of us, it’s a fruitless lifestyle that leaves us feeling empty and exhausted. The idea of perpetual motion and doing is ridiculous. People have forgotten how to be silent and still. Some of the most important and revolutionary changes in history occurred during times of humans being still and separated from activity and distractions.

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It is important to deprogram these mentalities to collectively give oneself the right to think about oneself without guilt, to take breaks when necessary and/or desired, to have access to support and financial and social resources, to be entitled to appropriate health care and assistance for all, in all situations without judgment or prejudice. We have the right to think about ourselves, our needs, our desires, our health and our lives. We need to remember that it’s okay to leave empty spaces in our day. In fact, adding some nothingness to our day is productive because it reduces angry grumpy thoughts and increases our overall awesomeness.

Today’s society idolizes individuals who are self-made. People trying to seem important will act as if their schedule is so full that they can’t really spend any time with you. The idea is that those who work hard are seen as having the ability to climb the status ladder. They’ll look at their watch, glance at their phone, walk unusually fast, and in general seem harried and overworked. Being busy is a sign that one has the ambition and competence to move up the ladder.

Being constantly busy has a long-term negative impact on well-being and health. Being busy can be a sign of status but internally, the person can be prone to emotional and physical burnout and maybe depression as life goes by and they may not be truly enjoying it.

 

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