Monday, March 6, 2017

Are You Over-Occupied

Is there ever enough?  Our lives are crammed to the ceiling with activities, sports events, entertainment of every stripe imaginable, and we continually go-go-go. 

The advice comes down and it tells us to drop some things.  After all, a person can’t be everywhere at once. 

We try anyway.  After all – we are super human … or so we think.

We won’t even entertain the idea of letting something go in our busy lives, otherwise, we’d be labeled as inferior to those who are still clutching, holding, hugging all the stuff and activities in their lives.  There is no way you’ve gonna call ME inferior.  Never in a million years!

We have been trained from early days that we must be beautiful, wealthy, look youthful … for we are never enough in our own right. 

What a rat’s race.

Stop the train and let me off.

I’m speaking in my small voice, for I want you to hear me loud and clear.

You are not inferior if you don’t have a
schedule scrammed to the gills.  You are not your busy schedule, nor the person who juggles more than he/she can handle, nor the person who attends every sporting event just because that is what the Mom down the street does. 

You are one unique, amazing man or woman.  Your worth is not in your busy-ness.  There is no glory in running till you are exhausted just so you can do it again tomorrow in an attempt to appear whole and ‘together’.

Do you really want to be whole and ‘together’?  Take time for you.  And do what we’ve heard from childhood – stop along the way and smell the roses.

I have no desire to keep up with the Kardashians, but I do seek to spend some GREAT moments with my wife.  We can do ‘nothing’ and have the time of our lives.  We find those ‘nothing’ moments when eating a slow breakfast at a new place, savoring the coffee, laughing and teasing and talking about everything and anything.

We love walking down Sunset.  There are a couple of yards that have some amazing rose bushes and we often stop and literally smell the roses.

We marvel at the water view across the Puget Sound as we watch the tide coming in or out. 

We are trying our best to live into these precious moments of life.

Oh, we could be somewhere, doing something.  There are about ten movies I haven’t seen yet, and blogs that are in my head to be written, and CB could be making a dozen phone calls – but for those quiet moments in time, we just agree to BE.  We are safe and content in each other’s presence. 

We are presently occupied with doing nothing, and that makes us very happy indeed.

This post is based on an idea found in Christianity Today February 2017, Page 39) The actual quote is: 
“The implication is that if we’re not over-occupied, we are inferior to those who are.  As with all law-based barometers of self-worth (beauty, wealth, influence, youth, etc) there is no enough.”

P Michael Biggs
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