Who Are You Serving By Staying So Busy?
We can’t expect those few who are well-served by the current reality to give us time to think. We need time to develop clarity and courage. If we want our world to be different, our first act needs to be reclaiming time to think. Nothing will change for the better until we can do that. — Margaret Wheatley
The most radical thing I’ve done in the past month is to do nothing. It was also the scariest because I’ve never faced a busier 28 days. Every one of them screaming at me to DO SOMETHING RIGHT NOW!
But I felt the fear and did nothing anyway. I breathed steadily and tried to imagine my heart beating. I took five minutes to meditate. I stared out the window. In short, I was unproductive in the way we usually define productivity.
Yet, I managed to do everything necessary and then some. All because I gave myself time to think.
I love the quote at the top of this post because it reminds me that constant busyness serves someone and that someone isn’t me or the people I care about. It serves those who sell solutions and seed doubt into mental gardens like bindweed. The current reality of distractedness certainly serves the manufacturers of intoxicants and prescriptives soothers. It serves those who maintain a veneer of authority by their ability to make other people jump and run. It serves tyranny.
Just stopping to think, to be, to rest here on this Sunday is enough to feel like the truest rebel in this culture.
Give yourself back to yourself. Be still.