the busy trap

Being busy for the sake of being busy ……Tim Kreider wrote in the NY Times recently how we worship busyness as a virtue and are addicted to it.  Yet, it fills life with meaningless activity, and I have caught myself at it.  Checking Facebook or email five times a day, snacking, driving around shopping, hovering over the children, staying late at the office because of peer pressure (because working hard is a virtue here in America, right?), even when the day’s work is done. Busyness is not only a mechanism of procrastination, but also a shield against delving deeper into life in general, filling emptiness with busyness.  I say “work smart” not “hard,” and fill the rest of your time with meaning.  It’s quality that counts, not quantity.