I’ve been striving to stop talking about how busy I am. It’s not easy:
“How did we end up living like this? Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we do this to our children? When did we forget that we are human beings, not human doings?
Whatever happened to a world in which kids get muddy, get dirty, get messy, and heavens, get bored? Do we have to love our children so much that we overschedule them, making them stressed and busy — just like us?”
From “The Disease of Being Busy” by Omid Safi.
Holy shit! I was just reading an article that I’m cited in. This is the first time this has happened to me serendipitously. Very humbled, and also kinda glowing.
Flynn: I can set up an RSS feed.
Charlene: Everybody knows that. They’re librarians.
Some of the best takeaways:
- “If your inner life is rich, your outer life will never be puny.”
- “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”
- Virtues to cultivate: Love, hope, doubt, and surprise
- Cynicism is easy. Hope is harder. And it’s not the same as optimism.
- “Pleasure is a virtue. […] Whatever there is to take pleasure in, do that.”
“Today, exhaustion still hints at status, but of a different sort. To say that you’re exhausted is to telegraph that you’re important, in demand, and successful. It’s akin to the humblebrag of ruefully describing yourself as “so busy”—naturally, since exhaustion follows from busyness.”
I have to catch myself on this. Constantly. I try to remind myself that my frantic comportment can be frustrating to my colleagues and sets a bad example for the people I supervise. At worst, it damages my health. We’re all busy and I’m guessing most people don’t want to be reminded of it.
My day-to-day news sources of choice are The New York Times and Democracy Now. When I’m in the mood for a sensationalized slant, I will usually visit Huffington Post. Lately, I’ve been enjoying the editorial notes that accompany Trump-related articles:
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.
It uses a strategy from Trump’s own playbook: repeat the same thing over and over in the hope that it sticks. I have to imagine there is some search optimization foo at work here as well.