Everyone is swarming around the hive of Busy.
And on the roads Busy meets Angry – usually in a Holden right up your back bumper – hassling you to move – you silly cow!
(Fact: the tailgater is almost always towing a boat called Mr Bojangles.)
I’d invite you to take a hard look at yourself Mr Bojangles].
You’re in a hurry to relax.
Meanwhile I shuffle dates like packs of cards.
People cancel on me – I postpone on them.
I text as I cook and brush my teeth on the toilet.
You can linger on that image – I must race on.
Meanwhile we’re all boasting about how busy we are.
‘I haven’t seen a movie in months’.
‘Oh? I haven’t seen my husband in months’.
‘Well I haven’t seen my own yahoo in months.
I just don’t have time to look down’.
Our calendars are chessboards and we are the pawns.
Why not be the Grand Master of your own life?
The bustling has to stop.
Being busy isn’t a virtue – you shouldn’t get a badge.
You should get credit in my view for taking it slow.
(ed:..i must admit i find that whole ‘busy as a virtue’ shtick quite puzzling..
..it’s been going on since the 80’s rightwing/neocon backlash against ‘hippy-ness’….and enough is enough..
..i am thoroughly unimpressed by claims of ‘business’ (see what i did there..?)..and just wonder at the actual efficiencies of the ‘busy’-body/claimant..
..i find i have some of my best brain-activity when being un-‘busy’..
..with – for me – walking dogs being a stellar example of the productivity/brainwork to be had from un-busy-ness..
basically..’oh i am so busy!’ is usually just self-aggrandaising bullshit/attempt at one-upmanship..
..busy-ness just expands to fit the allocated time..(and often is leavened with just/much faffing around..)
..and as i said..very 80’s in nature…
..time to move on/ditch that one..?..surely..?..
..some ‘busy’ people are like those people who must always have other people around them..
..they can’t bear the thought of their own company..and equally can’t be still…must always be seen to be ‘busy’..
..and which in reality is usually ‘much ado about nothing’..eh..?..
..(see what i did/borrowed there..?..)
..and if having a ‘busy’-smackdown – my entry will be the final years of my masters degree..where i was doing that academic work – raising a baby/nipper (as main caregiver) – working nights and weekends – and doing stuff on bfm..
..now that was what i call ‘busy’..
..any raise on that..?..
..hang on..!..i’ve remembered an alternative entry to/for the ‘busy’-smackdown..
..in the first year of my sons’ life (as anyone who has done it knows) was pretty much all the time…and i delayed/pushed back academic requirements..as much as i could..
..and i got to the position at the end of that academic year when/where i could get no more extensions..and i had twelve essays to do in 14 days..
..i still dunno how i did it..but i did..and i was quite chuffed to get a b- as the lowest grade on all/any of those essays..
(see what i did there..?..tales of ‘busy’ as self-aggrandaisment..?..q.e.d…?..eh..?..)