pt 3: busy for busy’s sake

HOW do you know if you are overcommitted until it is in the past? It is one of the great paradoxes of life, it seems. We constantly try to plan out our schedules so that it is just the right mix of busy and being at peace. But it is nearly impossible until we are observing post facto. In our every day lives, this manifests itself in the schedules we keep. Our planners are overflowing with classes, meals, symposia, parties, trips, lectures, and leisure activities. They become a never-ending list of to-dos. And then you have to make a to-do list for your to-do lists and that’s when you know your life is just spiraling out of control. But then there are times where our schedules are blank. Besides taking out the trash and (maybe) taking a shower, we’re at a loss as to what to do. We really can’t sleep for an entire 24 hrs, can we?

It’s a delicate balance, surely, and if we don’t have things to do, we just end up on YouTube for the thousandth time and for the thousandth hour. For future reference, I think when we are in a dearth of business, it’s important to remember that before we know it, we will be dying with to-do lists and homework and other silly life responsibilities.

So breathe in and appreciate whatever point of the wave of business we’re riding. Whether it’s a trough or a crest, take it in and make the most of it. For us.


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