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Busy is a Four-Letter Word

Busy is a Four-Letter Word


A few years back, there was an article in the New York Times titled The ‘Busy’ Trap. It spoke of a new social norm. Ask someone how they’re doing these days and you will likely hear, “Busy!”

And not just “busy”, but all the descriptive variations of just how busy they are – “SO busy!” “CRAZY busy!!!” “INSANELY busy!!!!!”

It reminds me of the Eskimo’s 50 words for snow (which by the way, means you have too much snow in your life.) When there are tiers of just how “busy” you are, you are, quite simply, too busy.

Full confession, I am guilty of The Busy Trap. And, I don’t feel like it’s a lie – I am way too busy. All the time.

So, what to do? Well, I looked to the author to shed a little light. He recommended turning off the busy switch and finding something you love to do that is removed from the go-go, plugged-in, “on” 24/7 world. With spring break looming on the horizon, I feel like it’s the perfect time to think about an antidote to my busy.

Whether it is baking, reading, crafting, sleeping or god knows what else, the ultimate goal is to head back to school with a new answer to the question, “how are you?” I’m searching for the word “Happy.”