On any given day, take note of how many times you’re asked the question, “how are you?” whether it be at work or on a phone call while in traffic. We hear it all of the time as our modern greeting. And the most common response (I’m speaking personally here) is this: “I’m good. Super busy, though”. We’ve all heard it, said it, and thought we meant it.
It’s a culture that we’ve created for ourselves. And rather than reinventing the wheel on this one, read this article from Omid Safi, the Director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center. He shares on the disease of being “busy” and the ways that it’s destroying us. And I think he nails it on the head.
Read the article HERE, hosted on the website for On Being with Krista Tippett.
How did we create a world in which we have more and more and more to do with less time for leisure, less time for reflection, less time for community, less time to just… be? Let us insist on a type of human-to-human connection where when one of us responds by saying, “I am just so busy,” we can follow up by saying, “I know, love. We all are. But I want to know how your heart is doing. (Safi)
Safi, Omid. “The Disease of Being Busy.” On Being. N.p., 6 Nov. 2014. Web. 20 Nov. 2014.