Guest Post by Cheryl from Handcraftedtravellers.com
Modern society has a way of always keeping us on the move, sometimes faster, and faster still, until we either get fed up or burnt out.
Out of power, stressed, fatigued – the traits of an overburdened, busy lifestyle, tending towards negative energies, rather than positive, uplifting ones.
It is usually a good thing to go with the flow, but when the speed becomes critical, it is wisest to “slow down before someone gets hurt”. Mothers don’t always know best, though they often speak from years of experience, so if you hear something repeated often enough, listen up!
Just because we are taught at a young age how to be polite, as well as how to behave in public, it goes without saying that times, and people, have changed.
We do not have to say yes to every opportunity that comes our way. It doesn’t make us a better person when we try to please others out of duty, or for personal satisfaction. Most times when we are saying yes, we should actually be saying no.
Say it out loud. No. No and no! Gentle or commanding, it is the necessary component of living an unbusy life.
It may feel selfish at first, to keep your time and energy to yourself, or to spend more meaningful hours with close family rather than with friends, but keep in mind that your health comes first. When you are sick, it is difficult to help others around you. When you are frustrated, aggravated and bothered by being constantly busy with school, sports, additional activities at work and numerous other extra-curricular activities and obligations…
… just take a moment and breathe.
Be in the moment and think of nothing else than your gratefulness to be alive. We only get to live our lives once, so the belief that running around chasing the dreams of others is the act to follow, is certainly not mandatory, nor is it wise.
If you want to get unbusy, you are going to have to create time and space to think for yourself. Get rid of all distractions: clutter, negative people, electronics, time-wasters and unhealthy habits.
In return you will be rewarded with bountiful energy that is your own to keep. Shine it where you see fit!
Unbusy people live stimulating lives. They have more time for art and meaningful conversations. When life isn’t making you race to-and-fro, you have the time to cook healthy, unprocessed meals at home. Without regular commitments you are free to walk as much, and as far as you want, in any direction that you choose.
If you schedule your life so that your planner is always full, chances are that an hour of relaxation is going to cost you, in either time or money. Being busy does not equate to being “socially there”, it often means that your body is physically present, while your mind is further away, dreaming about what it would rather be doing.
If you find yourself ever not enjoying life to the fullest, question whose life you are living. Yours? Or the person’s you are expected to be?
Embracing the art of an unbusy life takes time, but once you gain independence and courage to spend time alone, or with only those closest to you, then you will immediately recognize that you are on to something good.
Unbusy is freedom and it is available for all who choose to acknowledge it as such.
What are you waiting for?
Cheryl – Handcraftedtravellers.com
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