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Yesterday I was walking down the hallway of my building with my work bag packed, ear buds in listening to my favorite podcast, and my dog in tow. A neighbor on my floor who I don’t know well (but would love to) passed by on her way to the elevator. She commented with a smile,”Here we are again! We are both so Busy, Busy Busy!” I agreed with a smile and a quick wave… but as I got into my car, something was nudging me about the energy of her comment.
Months ago our conversation was more along the lines of “hey let’s get together or coffee or a glass of wine!” or “how is your day going? Anything exciting in the works?”
How often do we do a “fly by” in life with people, opportunities, and moments? Why is it that the things we want to do, the projects we desire to create, and the people we feel drawn to connect with evaporate into thin air as we are flying through the minutes and hours of our days?
It got me thinking….
Is my “busy” burning or building my energy?
A packed schedule can be looked at as a positive in terms of really soaking up every morsel of the day and squeezing the delicious joyful juice out of life. In that sense, it builds us up and creates momentum to more joy and success. I like the sound of that!
The other extreme of “busy” isn’t so helpful. “I’m so busy” might be masquerading as a numbing mechanism to avoid addressing certain things in our life. Have you ever said “no” to any of the following activities out of being “so busy” and as a result you feel a bit burned out?
▪ Planning and making healthy meals.
▪ Having a difficult but much needed conversation.
▪ Visiting a family member or friend you’ve lost touch with and don’t know why.
▪ Creating morning or evening self-care rituals.
And let’s not forget those of us who simply have a difficult time saying “no” resulting in packed schedules of “busy” with things we really aren’t thrilled about (ummm, so how did I end up with 4 coffee meetings this week that have no alignment with my goals or how I want to feel?!)
If that is you, please remember this:
Saying “no” to one thing is saying “YES!” to something else.
Thank you my beautiful neighbor for the nudge and reminding me that time is our most valuable currency and the choices we make today predict whether we end up burning or building our energy and our life.
p.s. If you’re interested in decluttering your schedule and life, email me today for details on my “Life Reset” program.,, or pass this on to someone you know who could use it!