Being BUSY is something we Americans take great pride in doing- saying!
There’s an expression that even take that statement to a more sacred and practical level. It’s been said that if you want to get something done, ask someone who is BUSY. Of course this intimates that only a busy person can be counted on for action. It’s quite a culture we have built up in America.
The paradigm doesn’t stop with old age or retirement. No, not at all.
If you’ve had a couple of conversations with people who have reached the retirement age, you are apt to hear something like this. “I’m busier now than I ever was before I retired”. You see, being BUSY is looked upon in America particularly as a BADGE of HONOR!
I’ve gone through the identity crisis and survived!
Once known as the most productive (now called multi-tasker) person on the planet, my take great pride in mixing my day up with as many “quiet times” as I can. Go ahead, you can call them “doing nothing times”: not even thinking because thoughts are really dangerous. But, neither have I swung to the other side of the pendulum where I seek the Hindu concept of NO MIND!
We need a mind, we need time, and we need to ditch the badge of honor of BUSINESS!