Distant and Distracted

I recently sat back to reflect on my semester and decided it really resembles a big Thanksgiving plate. Much like how my plate is filled to the brim with way too many delicious foods, my schedule is packed. It is packed with fun, and joyous activities that I am passionate about. However, just like how I have a bit of a stomach ache after eating too much food, I’m left feeling weak after a busy schedule. Just because something is good, doesn’t necessarily mean it is good for you.

 

It is so easy to accept the busy culture that we live in, crippling under the pressure to perform and commit to so many areas of life. While the commitments we make are ones we initially enjoy, they can start feeling like tasks as our plates become full. Society screams that a busy life is the best life. It claims that busyness is superior, and it suddenly becomes one giant balancing act.  In college, planners are “in.” It’s fun to have a pretty, color coordinated planner that is filled with cute tape and neat little boxes. But when every minute is planned, sitting in its neat box, there is no room to breathe and live life to the fullest.

 

Sometimes we hide behind these distractions, flying through life without examining what is around us, or even what is in our own heads. I think that we use busyness as an excuse to ignore injustices, taking the easy way out and claiming that we just don’t have time. It is easier to stick to the coordinated planner and ignore our swirling thoughts, but that is not where I think we receive true fulfillment and joy. As humans we were created to build relationships and take time to experience the world around us. We were created to solve problems and think critically about our role in those issues we feel called to. However, we can’t work to build relationships and end injustices until we pour time into it.

 

Investment in people takes time and intentionality, and this is practically impossible when we are booked with commitments constantly. Krista Tippet wisely states that the “unexamined life is not worth living.” I think it’s time to ditch the busyness fad and reclaim our priorities. While taking time to be still in a world that thrives on constant chaos is counterintuitive, it can boost our emotional, spiritual, and mental health.

 

-Megan Essex

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