If You’re Going to Busy Yourself, Busy Yourself Well!

If You’re Going to Busy Yourself, Busy Yourself Well!

This post was inspired by a fellow blogger, but I think it’s safe to say this happens throughout life, no matter what it is you choose to busy yourself with.

I read on this particular gal’s beautiful blog that when she takes off with her family for a few days, she leaves her computer behind. She wisely doesn’t distract herself by commenting or tweeting or checking Facebook while she’s gone; she simply enjoys her family. When she returns, however, she’s completely overwhelmed with all the catch-up.

And by catch-up, she was referring to the aforementioned commenting, tweeting and Facebooking.

When I saw that, I sympathized with my fellow frazzled sister, but I also thought to myself, We choose this. This feeling of being overwhelmed by nonsense exists because we all get so wrapped up in the extras, don’t we?

There will always be things we need to do, of course:

  • paychecks aren’t handed out,
  • laundry doesn’t come clean,
  • children’s bellies aren’t filled,
  • and a house doesn’t remain in relatively decent shape without a show of effort on our part.

But let’s think of the other stuff.

The extracurriculars we sign ourselves and our children up for.

The favors we say yes to without much thought or reflection.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

The committees we join in a moment of excitement without considering the time involved and how we’ll feel when the newness wears off and those responsibilities begin to affect our time, our families, and our sanity.


And let’s not forget the minutia we often say yes to—not because we truly feel connected to that event or project—but because we’re the willing go-to person for those who don’t feel like completing the tasks themselves. {Man, aren’t they great at delegating?!}

Of course, I’m not saying don’t contribute to your community or extend a helping hand to your family and friends.

Not at all. Service is very important.

What I’m saying is, for one, let’s not allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by silliness.

  • Would the world end if a gal doesn’t tweet her thoughts on a random blog post? I don’t think so.
  • Will the planet stop revolving if a child doesn’t start with guitar lessons by the age of 7? Pretty sure she’d still have a shot at a life of happiness despite that tragedy.
  • Would you still be considered a good mom if you chose not to volunteer for that committee at school? Almost certain the answer is yes.

Your time is important. Your sense of well-being is important. Focus on what needs to be done, what you love to do, and in that leftover time, how you can help others in a way that feels genuine.

And don’t get caught up in all the rest.

On that note, I did something recently that felt oh-so-genuine. I spent some with my friend Susan answering questions about my life as Mama. Do you know Susan? Well, you should. She’s a beautiful soul with a fun, fantastic, and fashionable blog called Ava Grace’s Closet, and she’s the author of a wonderful feature called Mama Monday.

Click on over and visit her and see what I said about staying home with your kiddos …


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