We live in a world that reveres those who are too busy. We work overtime and accrue vacation days but only use some of them. We have meetings, paperwork, appointments, errands, etc. When do we rest? When can we just be? We are too busy. But for what?
The other day I came down with an inner ear infection. I have no idea how it started but I suddenly became so dizzy that I was unable to keep appointments, run errands or even go into work. I was being forced to be still and even when I was still, the room was spinning. I often wonder when my body makes me slow down, if it does this because I am not consciously taking the time to do it for myself. It’s as if my body (or in this case my inner ear) says, “You don’t want to rest? Ok, I’ll make you!”
Five days in and I’m feeling much better but still not myself. I’m frustrated about not being able to do what I think that I must. At the same time, I’m trying to learn the lesson that I must be still in order to heal and to stay healthy.
Omid Safi is a columnist for On Being. He wrote a fabulous article about busyness called, The Disease of Being Busy. Here is the link. Mr. Safi is the “Director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center. He is the past Chair for the Study of Islam, and the current Chair for Islamic Mysticism Group at the American Academy of Religion. In 2009, he was recognized by the University of North Carolina for mentoring minority students in 2009, and won the Sitterson Teaching Award for Professor of the Year in April of 2010.
After reading Mr. Safi’s article and mine, do you think of yourself as too busy? I’d like to know. Contact me here. If you are too busy, I’d like to know, for what?