The Disease of Being Busy

Beautiful reminder – how is your heart doing today, dear?

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The Disease of Being Busy by Omid Safi, recipient of the 2009 Teaching Award for Professor of the Year at Duke University:

I saw a dear friend a few days ago. I stopped by to ask her how she was doing, how her family was. She looked up, voice lowered, and just whimpered: “I’m so busy… I am so busy… have so much going on.” Almost immediately after, I ran into another friend and asked him how he was. Again, same tone, same response: “I’m just so busy… got so much to do.” The tone was exacerbated, tired, even overwhelmed.

…How did we end up living like this? Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we do this to our children? When did we forget that we are human beings, not human doings?

…In many Muslim cultures, when you want to ask them how they’re doing, you ask: in Arabic, 

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2 thoughts on “The Disease of Being Busy

  1. Very interesting article. Honestly, I think I suffer from this disease “are so busy”. It’s my fault. I undertake in too many activities and make commitments that can not wait, and simply forget, to give me time to myself.
    You open a new horizon for me, for my perspective, dear simplecherishes by sharing this post. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

    Have a great day, dear simplecherishes and happiness. Big hugs, Ştefania ❤ 🙂

    1. Thank you for your comments. It seems we all suffer from this disease; i need to be more present with the people that are important, too, and not use the convenient excuse of “am too busy” 🙂

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