Just like the typical, “how are you?” question people ask, “are you keeping busy?” And as often as we answer, “fine” or “good” in meaningless reference to how we’re doing we reply in the affirmative that our day to day lives are busy. But busy with what? Oftentimes when we say we’re busy we have the impression that this state of living is outside of our control, as if busyness we’re a stranger that wedged itself into our homes unwilling to leave.
What are we filing our days with? What are our priorities? There’s a quote that has stuck with me from a dharma teacher that came to Montana to lead one of our retreats a couple of years ago, “set up your life so the things that matter the most aren’t at the mercy of the things that matter the least.”
(I read a great article today entitled: The Busy Trap. To read the full article go to: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/the-busy-trap/).