“I am so busy doing nothing that the idea of doing anything – which as you know, always leads to something – cuts into the nothing and then forces me to have to drop everything”
– Jerry Seinfeld
I was casually walking down the street the other day, for a stroll, since it was the one day with no deadlines to meet, no meetings planned, thus just for a day, I needed to get out and recollect my thoughts, get some fresh air, while I enjoy nature. I noticed that everyone is in a hurry and as a matter of fact I seemed to rush, I seemed to be busy yet I wasn’t going anywhere, I had nothing to catch up on, I was simply out for a stroll yet I was in such a hurry, I was so busy, being busy yet I was busy doing nothing.
We live in a world full of people rushing, and every single day even for those who have nothing to get to seem to be in a hurry. People are claiming to be busy even when they are not really accomplishing anything.
We all want to seem progressive but the sad thing is that you’d rather be doing nothing than be busy doing nothing because you will make yourself actually believe that you are doing something, which blocks any opportunity of you actually being productive and progressive. We all are forced to create this image since we all want to seem as if, we are ahead of the game, that we as well are working, we also are getting somewhere in our lives because obviously society shuns upon those who seem to be the contrary. We are all trying to impress not only ourselves but also others with our “busy” lives.
As you read this article, I want you to sit back and reevaluate your life, Are you progressing or are you in the same position you were in 2 months ago? A week ago? It doesn’t hurt to take a moment and really question “what is going on” in your life because you cannot keep moving at no speed, yet you’re accelerator is pressed all the way down. Change and progress are consistent, therefore if you really are progressing, you will be a few steps ahead every single day, a few steps POSITIVELY ahead. Granted you perceive that you actually show up at work or in school every day and do what you need to do, and in that, you are busy and think you’re progressing. I promise you, that’s not what progress is. You are in a loop. You are busy, going around the same circle simply because you are not thinking outside the box and that is doing nothing.
For others, you don’t really do anything substantial but go around visiting friends and/or family or making lunch and dinner dates with everyone on your contact list to get the latest gist on so and so. You’re busy minding other people’s businesses, not your own, and you actually sleep at night after calling that a day, and/or a busy day as a matter of fact. You are not making any progress yet you are very busy actually. Reevaluate yourself.
Being busy does not equal progress. This is a lie that the majority seem to believe. There are so many individuals who seem not to be so busy, they have time for everything and actually are very progressive and successful. Life is all about finding that balance and knowing that there is time for everything while still keeping in mind that the greatest goal is to make yourself the best version of you every single day. Growing as an individual in all aspects and you don’t need to rush into this. Take things at your own pace and don’t give in to the need to create a certain image for anyone because it’s not worth it. The only one who will lose is you since you will end up in a loop of achieving absolutely nothing, yet having to work extra hard to make it seem as if you are achieving something.
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