Busyness misses the point, striving for a life of quantity, not quality


Somewhere in the late 20th century we got the idea that


is a virtue.

We singles decided that the more activites we can squeeze into our lives, the happier we'll be. What ultimately results, though, is physical and spiritual exhaustion.

We jump from one appointment to another, our body and mind racing. We schedule events back to back and overlapping, with no time to rest or reflect.

And when we're in one activity, we're either distracted with the thing we've just done or the thing that's coming up.

It's not a good way to live.

Jesus was never rushed. He never ran himself ragged, and on those rare occasions when he approached burnout, he went away for a while in the mountains or the wilderness, to rest and pray.

Slow down. Cut some activities out. Learn to say no. Right now, just take it easy, relax, and read these quotations.

Then take one silent minute to think about them and whether they apply to your life.
If you can't make yourself do that, you're burning your candle at too many ends!

It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.
Mary O'Connor

There are people who want to be everywhere at once and they seem to get nowhere.
Carl Sandburg

Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.
Richard Carlson

What is the use of running when we are not on the right road?
German Proverb

Who remembers when we used to rest on Sunday instead of Monday?
Kin Hubbard

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought.
Samuel Johnson

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
Bertrand Russell

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.
Doug Larson

Change is not progress.
H.L. Mencken

Modern man is frantically trying to earn enough to buy things he's too busy to enjoy.
Frank A. Clark

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
Lin Yutang

If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.

No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive.
Dr. Joyce Brothers

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Time is equal to life; therefore, waste your time and waste your life, or master your time and master your life.
Alan Lakein

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