Americans wear busyness as a badge of honor. I think we do this because we can trick ourselves into thinking that our lives have meaning because we are so busy doing a variety of different things. Yet in the midst of this busyness many of miss out on truly enjoying life.

Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist shares his thoughts on becoming unbusy.

“Those who are wise won’t be busy, and those who are too busy can’t be wise.” ― Lin Yutang

It was in this video from Jeff Shinabarger that I first heard the phrase, “‘Busy’ has become the new ‘Fine’.” As in, when you ask somebody how they were doing, they used to answer, “Fine.” But nowadays, everybody answers, “Busy.”

Seemingly, busy has become the default state for too many of our lives.

But is the state of busy really improving our lives? Certainly not. Statistics indicate 75% of parents are too busy to read to their children at night. There is a rising number of children being placed in day cares and after-school activities. Americans are having a hard time finding opportunity for vacations these days. 33% of Americans are living with extreme stress daily. And nearly 50% of Americans say they regularly lie awake at night because of stress. This is a problem. We have become too busy.

Finish reading A Helpful Guide to Becoming Unbusy | Becoming Minimalist.


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