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What's Really Important

Friday, August 12, 2016

This article / blog was written by Shola
You can find the entire article here: thepositivitysolution.co

"Don't mistake movement for achievement. It's easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: Busy doing what?" - Jim Rohn

Isn't it funny that when many people are asked the simple question, "hey, how are you doing?" that they often answer in the same predictable manner:

"Man, I'm SO busy."

"Ugh, I'm busy as hell."

"I've never been so busy in my life."


It's almost as if that word carries with it some invisible street cred. I personally know of quite a few people who proudly rock "busy" as a shiny badge of honor.

Unfortunately, there's nothing impressive about being "busy."

We all know of at least one "busy" person in our lives who is always running around doing something, but in reality, he/she isn't accomplishing a damn thing.

That's because proudly saying that we're "busy" all the time doesn't mean that we're actually doing anything important.

So, let's start here with that critical word.


What is important, anyway?

Let's be real, there is not one person reading these words who doesn't have stuff to do - and a lot of it is very important.

It's important to go to work in order to keep a roof over our heads and food on our plates.

It's important to finish that proposal before the boss gets back into town next Monday.

It's important to clean the house before our in-laws arrive this weekend.

I won't argue that those things are important, but I will argue that there are other things in our lives that are equally as important, if not, much more so.

And sadly, sometimes we use "busy" as an excuse to put off those things.

For example:

Our kids tug on our shirt and excitedly ask us to play catch outside or play dress-up, but we're too busy cleaning the house, cooking food, or writing blog posts (I'll give you one guess who that last point was directed toward) to take the time to play with them.

Our significant other wants to have a meaningful conversation with us, but we're too busy swiping through our iPhones or catching up on our favorite TV show to pay them our full attention.

Our parents haven't heard from us in weeks, but we're too busy with our daily lives to pick up the phone and give them a call.

Our friends have been trying to get us to go out for drinks for months, but we keep blowing them off because we're too busy with all of the work that needs to be done at the office.

I'm going to challenge you in this post to deeply think about the following question:

Why is it more important to clean the house, write a blog post, or stay late at the office than it is to make genuine connections with the people in our lives who matter the most to us?

Isn't Shola a good writer? He surely makes you think. He makes me think of all of the times so many of these things happened to me while my kids were growing up. What are your thoughts? You can read more my clicking on the link above.

Just for kicks ~

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    I agree.. My daughter comes over to "visit"..and then her whole time texting on the phone..very sad really because I do not think she realizes we may not always have this time together and she will regret not knowing more about her family
    1158 days ago
  • BLUEJAY1969
    I learned when I had my daughter and as she grew so fast to not be too busy to stop and play with her a bit even though life was pretty busy. Then as my mom aged I learned not to be too busy to stop and chat with her. My dad is now the one getting on in years and I make it a point to have time to call him once a week. As far as DH is concerned, as soon as he gets home at night we make the time to talk for at least a half an hour up to an hour or more. I also make time to visit the kids and the grands. Now that I'm able to travel again I also get to make time for my dear MIL. I do pretty well with family........ I am terrible at making time for friends though. I need to work on that one! That article sure does make you think -- thank you!
    1158 days ago
    My father was never too busy to set aside time away from his work to hear me play piano. It was one of his greatest gifts to me.

    I will think twice before telling someone that I am busy.

    1159 days ago
    wow you really made me think on this one

    thank you for opening my eyes
    1161 days ago
    Yes, I hear you loud and clear.... And I hear that famous buzzword all the time as well....."So busy.......Too busy......." not enough hours in the day to get "It" all done......(time to unload)
    Let me tell you in the last couple of weeks since I went part time I make time for something very important and that is me by coming home and taking a 15 minute nap before I do anything else....... and I love it!........ emoticon I love your funny Donna and you have a wonderful weekend !

    1162 days ago
    Prioritizing is so critical starting with long range goals and then the daily action plan. Life happens so flexibility is required keeping in mind the desired end results.
    1162 days ago
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    1162 days ago
    emoticon Also, enjoyed your "just for kicks!"
    1162 days ago
    Oh my goodness. WELL said. That is something that I try to balance daily. NOT perfect @ it, but with this conscious effort, I believe the IMPORTANT stuff in life is getting it's due attention -- and I hope that increases daily!

    THANK you for this.
    1162 days ago
    Good morning
    1162 days ago
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