I have been in school for twenty years now. I have written countless papers and have spent countless hours ignoring the impending due dates. When I work on assignments, and even as I write this, I put music or videos on in the background. I tell myself I need the noise to help me focus on the work I’m doing. This got me thinking about how people, in general, live their lives.
We feel more comfortable in times when we are busy. The busyness makes us feel like we have accomplished something. So, we fill schedules and create ways to multitask. These times of busyness give us the feeling that we are successful. These feelings often go unnoticed, it is just something we do and something the American culture has taught us. These habits don’t equate to success, in fact, they may show the opposite. They show chaos in life or an issue that you would rather not deal with. Now, this may not be true for every person but it is still important to check motives on why you chose the busyness over rest.
Often times, I think, we are uncomfortable with silence, rest, patience, PEACE. It is natural then that when we face a time of peace we have to destroy it, in this instance we try and mask something in life by trying to be busy. This could be always scheduling dinners with people so you don’t have to eat at home alone. This could be always having music in the background because you hate the silence. This could be always multitasking to feel more accomplished. Or it could just be nothing at all.
The main point here is to think about intentionality. Why are you doing what you do? Does what you do align with the vision you have for life?