Can I share something with you today, friend? Something that has really been weighing on my heart? (I'm not really asking your permission, because I'm going to tell you anyways). That thing is BUSYNESS.
Being busy is often times something we pride ourselves on. It's a state that society tells us we must be in if we are doing anything productive with our lives. Oh, you have free time? Surely you're not working as hard as you could be. Am I right?
Lately, I have been troubled by the fact that busyness is also used as an excuse. If I had a dime for every time I heard someone say, "I'm just too busy to.... X, Y or Z." Well, today I am here to tell you that I think this is a lame excuse.
You aren't too "busy." You are just choosing not to prioritize that certain thing. I don't believe for a second that you're too busy to workout, cook a decent meal, or attend church on Sundays, especially when I see you tweeting about your latest Netflix binge or browsing Facebook at your desk. Especially when I know that you stayed out all night partying and slept until 11am.
When I hear, "Sorry, I'm just too busy," I feel like I might as well be hearing "Sorry, that's not at the top of my priority list." See how those two things are different? One just feels less deceiving than the other. We make time for the things that matter to us. Using being busy as an excuse to not do certain things is a cop out. If it were important to you, you would make time for it. Right?
I'm not here to tout about how awesome I am, but I'm in graduate school working towards my PhD and somehow still manage to cook dinner every night, exercise, spend time with my spouse, play a strong role in my church, and run my blog. Sure, I'm busy but I never want to use that as an excuse. I prioritize what's important to me and when I can't fulfill someone's expectation, I try not to use the excuse that I'm too busy when I'm really saying it's not a shared priority.
So, this week, I would encourage you not to use being busy as an excuse. I challenge you to ask yourself if your priorities are right. If something isn't at the top of your priority list, acknowledge that instead of using the excuse that you're too busy.
What do you think? Are you in?