How Our Obsession With Busy Is Stealing Our Ability to be Present

What’s the most common state of being today? Busy.

What’s the most common response when someone is asked how they are doing? Busy.

What’s the most common reason most of America doesn’t actually enjoy life? Busy.

Our frenetic obsession with busy is killing our ability to be present!

Japheth Mast Blogger in Redding California - How Our Obsession With Busy Is Killing Our Ability to be Present

It’s killing our relationships, our freedom, our happiness, and our health.

Our busyness is only an exhausting game of avoidance. We numb our feelings and emotions and pain by running towards busy. We stay busy with work, eating, porn, Netflix, traveling, dating, etc. The list is exhausting.

Busy is only an exhausting game of avoidance.

Our present is being stolen as we have made busy our idol. Our relationships are suffering. Our joy is absent because we have no capacity or space to feel anything.

We must get back to developing a value for the present.

We must get our internal crap figured out so we can move towards wholeness and health.

We must feel, process, and heal our internal pain so that we aren’t constantly playing the busy game. We must figure out who we are so that we aren’t performing for our value and worth on this planet. We must be internally motivated, where our identity comes from inside us, and not in the hands of other people who can destroy our sense of self-worth in a minute if we let them.

We must perform from a place of knowing that we are unconditionally loved by God.

We can’t perform for love. We must perform from a place of knowing that we are unconditionally loved by God. We work from our identity, not for it.

We must develop a value for rest as well.

Rest doesn’t necessarily mean not doing anything. Sometimes it does, but usually it means that we live out of a place of being in rest, whether we are working or playing or doing nothing.

If you feel stuck in the hamster wheel of life, running in circles, not sure why you’re running or what you’re running from, or if you’re constantly working to please other people, then please listen.

You must stop. You need to slow down and get quiet. Get alone and ask your heart what it is that it needs. I promise it knows what you need.

Then you must be kind to your heart and do whatever it takes to take action on what your heart says.

We can’t run from pain forever. At some point, we need to deal with it. Why not start today?

The rewards of being present and enjoying life are far greater than the pain.


Practical Next Steps

Get alone for 15 minutes this week with an agenda to do nothing. Just 15 minutes. Set a timer if it helps. In this time, practice listening to your heart. What does it need?

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