Too busy to live!

23 Feb

life mess
Aren’t you people excited when someone is asking you “hey, how have you been?”
Isn’t that the time to show the world how important, how significant, how productive you are, isn’t that the magical moment that gives meaning to your whole life, isn’t that the moment to make sure that there is no hint of doubt left in the poor smack’s head of HOW the world would cease to exist if you wouldn’t be around, of how irreplaceable you are!

Only wimps would answer that question with “Fine, thank you”, noooooo, no, no, wrong!!!!! A real important person would never do that; a real important person would rather have all their body hair removed by a Neanderthalian beast armed with hot wax and sambuca than to say that!!!
No, the real significant person would jump at the opportunity, as fast as Oscar Pistorius at the gun, (I mean the starting gun…what were you thinking!!! ) and start their magniloquent speech:

Ohh …. I am so busy, I am so so busy, I am buried with work, I am as busy as Santa Claus at Christmas, I am as busy as the priest hearing Hitler’s confession , I am so busy last night I forgot to pee and I wet the bed, I am so busy that all I do is talk about how busy I am, I am so busy that sometimes I forget…. Did I tell you how busy I am?!!!
too busy

Ahh that explains because being busy creates stress, stress kills brain cells, and when you have no brain cells people tend to call you names, don’t they, they don’t understand you are so busy, they simply think you are stupid, or retarded, don’t they?

You know what I am wondering, what are we actually so busy with?

Usually with finding ways to sell people more stuff they don’t need, or making things that would make life more complicated, so we can buy more stuff that we don’t need, and make our life more complicated!!!

What happened to the simple things people, why is not enough for us anymore?

Why do we think that doing nothing is a …waste of time?
Why do we think that laying on the grass and watching butterflies is unproductive?
Why do we think that spending an entire day on the bank of a river doing nothing should make us feel guilty?
Why do we think that walking barefoot in the grass is reserved for …holidays?
Why do we watch the sunrise or the sunset so rarely that we need to take pictures?
Why do we think that eating chocolate is a…GUILTY pleasure?
Why do we think that watching the stars is something reserved for astronomers?

Are we supposed to be that ….busy? Are we too busy to be happy? Are we too busy to live?

160 Responses to “Too busy to live!”

  1. Pam Avery Printed February 25, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    A wise person once told me: “Everyone has 24 hours in each day — how those hours are used is up to the individual.” We must take time to do the things we need and make time to do those things we want. It’s all about delegation, prioritization, and organization…good post.

    • H! February 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

      Thank you, sometimes we all forget about it, don’t we?🙂

  2. marieolivia February 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    The only thing we’re supposed to be THAT busy with is being happy. What does it all matter if you’re miserable. Who cares what other thinks of you if inside you just wanna scream anyways! I say, lay on the grass and watch butterflies, walk barefoot and eat that chocolate it that is what you wanna do!

    Great post!

    • H! February 25, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

      True!!! Thank you!!!

  3. Tim February 25, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    All those things that people say are a waste of time? I say they are time well spent! You gotta stop and smell the chocolate along the way (and eat it too).


  4. Lori D February 25, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Great post. I’m off to eat some chocolate and listen to birds sing now.🙂

    • H! February 25, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

      Ha ha ha …enjoy that chocolate!!!🙂

  5. Lois Roelofs February 25, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Thanks for your “like” on my nursing memoir post. I love yours, it struck a nerve. When I was in the fast track at work, I asked a woman my age at the time (50s) who didn’t work how she spent her time. She said, “Oh, a little of this and a little of that.” I thought she was nuts! But now that I do that in retirement, I’m all for it.

  6. honeydidyouseethat? February 25, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    Poor Osacar. Am thinking that he might have a lot of free time soon. Just saying.

    • H! February 26, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

      Ha ha ha… I wasn’t talking about that kind of …free time!!!

  7. beingisbeautiful February 26, 2013 at 3:08 am #

    couldn’t agree more — our culture glorifies busy and is that really what life is all about?? I enjoy just living — loved this post :]

    • H! February 26, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

      Glad to hear this! Thank you🙂

  8. Ricky D. Hall February 26, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    I would love to lay in the grass and watch butterflies! I would do it now, but I’d be laying in snow and I think the butterflies are sleeping. At least I hope they are.

    • H! February 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

      I hope that too🙂 There are things you can do …in the snow😉

      • Ricky D. Hall February 26, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

        I can think of a few things! I wish I had a penguin🙂

  9. Eagle Tech February 26, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    Just terrific. This is the kind of reminder we all need to see periodically. Nice going.

    • H! February 26, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      🙂 Thank you!

  10. Ellese February 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    Same frequency. Awesome post!🙂

    • H! February 27, 2013 at 6:05 pm #


  11. siancooke February 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Reblogged this on siancooke and commented:
    Great post on the dangers of living ‘busy’

    • H! February 27, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      Thank you, it is very dangerous living indeed!😉

  12. abvblogger February 27, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    We will go down in history as the civilization that needed to spend just as much time talking about living life as actually living it🙂

  13. los73 February 27, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    Great point.
    Many of the people who don’t do much,usually have the most to say. Others work long and hard to keep up with the Jones.
    Life is amazing and has so much to offer. Stop and look at the amazing colors in a flower or in the sky.
    So many are so plugged into a device. That life passes them by.
    Go to the park and play on a swing. Go for a nice walk. It does wonders for your mind.
    Life is meant to be enjoyed and to be happy.

  14. colonelgraph February 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Chocolate as a “guilty” pleasure is such a B.S societal belief. It’s unfortunate how ubiquitous it is. Unless a food item becomes sentient and is able to personally critique your flaws and past missteps, there is no way it should ever cause guilt. Ever. Nobody has ever sat on their death bed and spent their last few precious hours feeling ashamed about enjoying tasty food. Enjoy it while you can, people!

  15. Dreams-gate February 28, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    Awesome post! Thanks for the like, which I am so glad as it brought me straight to your wonderful blog! Will be following!

    • H! March 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

      Thank you I love your blog too, I’ll definately follow you🙂

  16. wwwmama March 1, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    great post!

    • H! March 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

      Thank you🙂

  17. jane March 1, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    ” I am as busy as the priest hearing Hitler’s confession”
    Yessss! this is what I need to tell people.
    Thanks for this, it was a nice pushing read.

    • H! March 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

      Thank you! xoxo

  18. Noel March 1, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    Great post! Thanks for the reminder about the importance of being honest with one another. This is similar to some of my posts about being honest with others. The problem that I often see is that when people ask me how am I doing, it is usually a polite way of acknowledging my presence, not that they necessarily want to know my present emotional, physical, and social status. People don’t really care about how I am doing, except about how they can make themselves happy. And this makes me sad. We are more polite than honest. But we can do better. I have tried to be more honest with people when they ask me the everyday question of “How are you?”. Unfortunately, I sense that the other person has an expression of lack of interest when I start telling them how I am really doing. But I will keep trying to be honest.

    • H! March 1, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

      Thank you! You have a very good point, Noel, it’s good that you try to be honest, would be perfect if we would be polite and honest!🙂

  19. Maryanne March 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    I LOVE this post! I hate that “busy” has become a status symbol. My favorite story lately is that I am no longer friends with a girl I knew since high school because she was “too busy” to talk to me on the phone and wanted all our communication to be via email only (unless we had a luncheon date — where she was always texting anyway, ewww!)

    One of my favorite things, before my husband comes home, is to relax with a glass of wine and call a good friend and chat for a half hour. Sadly, the phone call is becoming a lost art.

    I do work hard, I’m creative, I am busy — but I also know how to have a balanced life and stop and smell the roses🙂

    Great job on this!

    • H! March 2, 2013 at 10:11 am #

      I can so well relate to this Maryanne, ohhh I hate when I meet someone and half of the time they spend pratting on their phones! And yes I do work hard as well, I am creative and busy…. Thank you for your comment!

  20. Robin March 2, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    I so love this…thanks for sharing your rant! As a person who moved to the country and quit my career, and see a lot of rambling rivers and butterflies and so much quiet life, sometimes you need to defend yourself from people who think you are just lazy and unmotivated, or weird! I have dealt with both (the busy/crazy life and the quiet one) and prefer my little house on a trout stream to anything big and city-like and bustling–I can always go visit that when I need that fix.

  21. AndrewGills March 3, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Way too true. I hate it when people get into the “I’m so busy” competition. Or the “I shouldn’t be eating this” or “I should be out training” …

    I have a lot on in my life – I work full-time, I study at university, I’m a Scout leader, I volunteer as a Justice of the Peace, I participate in 1-2 adventure races every month and also 1-2 Audax cycling events every month. But I never feel “busy”. I am just enjoying life.

    So it bugs me when people say “I’m busy” and try to put the guilts on me when I am actually spending a day watching television.

    • H! March 3, 2013 at 10:56 am #

      You do have a lot in your life, but you are… just enjoying life, perfect combination!🙂

  22. walkernumber679 March 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Good thinking!

    • H! March 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

      🙂 Thank you!

  23. museconfuse March 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    For awhile, I was really caught up with being “busy” just like everyone of my friends. If I wasn’t “busy” enough, I felt like a loser. After awhile, I realised that I’m really the loser for being too “busy”. I rather have lots of free time to chill and smell the roses, so to speak😉

    • H! March 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

      I am so glad you’re not there anymore!!!

      • museconfuse March 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

        Well I have my days.. It’s a struggle for sure!!🙂 just gotta keep positive and remind myself of what’s important!

  24. russianmartini March 6, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    So true. I credit my husband with teaching me how to live a little bit in the moment and just relax. There was a time in my life that I truly was so busy that if I had a day off, I got depressed and didn’t know what to do with myself. Didn’t know what to do with a day free from from work or classes!!!!! Weird, right?! Sure, life is but a series of plans and goals, big ones and little ones, but at some point you have to stop and just enjoy what you have accomplished!!🙂

  25. Joy March 7, 2013 at 12:28 am #

    I love this post – I’m going to try the “busier than Santa on Christmas Eve” at some point. and I had to work HARD to just say “fine, thank you!” (which is the socially acceptable answer) – it’s so much more entertaining to tell people how you really feel!
    p.s., thanks for stopping by my blog!

  26. jwcwong March 8, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Did you know that the question ‘how are you?’ gets on the top of the list of ‘most-lied-to questions’?

    • H! March 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

      I know now!🙂

  27. March 15, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Great Post!

  28. kerbey March 19, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    I was jogging yesterday because I am not nearly as fit as the picture of you, and as I neared a curb, I noticed tree limbs pouring over a suburban fence, dotted with purple blossoms and busy bees tending to them. I stopped to smell the wisteria, and it was so fragrant. That counts as simple, right? I get brownie points?

    • H! March 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

      Ha ha ha … a lot of brownie points!!!!!!

  29. Kathi March 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Hi to you too! Fun blog. YES, I am also guilty of being too busy to live well sometimes, but I’m trying hard to enjoy every moment of every breath the Lord gives me! Life is precious. I’m often struck by the Westminster Confession of Faith: “What is the chief end of Man?” Answer: “To glorify God AND ENJOY HIM FOREVER.” I think we remember the glory and forget the enjoyment of God and all the beautiful things he’s created for our pleasure!

    • H! March 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

      Hi, thank you for your nice words! Remember the beautiful things indeed!

  30. Jonathan Caswell March 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    ARE YOU TOO BUSY?–Jonathan

  31. Kenneth Robson May 8, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Reblogged this on Life after work and commented:
    No excuse when you stop working!

  32. H! February 25, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    Wow… thank you girl!!!I hope this will help you to invest more in yourself and what is important because that’s all it matters! Thanks&love


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