On Busyness

So it has been a while since I have posted anything. Almost six months in fact. It's funny how life gets in the way. It doesn't matter whether we work or not, have ten kids or none. We are all busy. So busy. I wish I had a good reason for my "busyness," but I really don't. My job has gotten much more demanding, and therefore stressful, in the past six months and I have found myself coming home after work and collapsing on the couch most night with a glass of wine and mindless Internet surfing.

Recently I was invited to take part in a Mind Body Medicine seminar and, of course, at first I tried to say no, that I was too "busy" to add one more thing to my plate. One of the instructors said that was exactly why I should make time for the class, and they were right. We have explored various methods of meditation, which was very scary at first. Sit still and not talk for ten minutes? Put away my phone and be alone with my thoughts? What the #%@! But it has ended up being an excellent experience and above all, I have learned the value of taking care of myself.

Sometimes I think we like being busy. There isn't the time to think about how we really feel about the conflicts in our lives. We don't have to face the facts that 99% of our life is completely out of our control. But is this easier? Does it make us happy?

So I may be fashionably late on this one, but I am going to choose my one word for 2014 to be "pause". I need to take time for me each day to think about the good and the bad. To ask myself the tough questions and to try and quiet the thoughts running through my head at 90 mph. And maybe I will make the time to blog a little more too!

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