When someone asks you, “How are things?” what is your typical response? As the narrator for the video “Enough Time” says, the most common response used to be “good.” Today, though, increasingly often people respond, “busy.”
This is the story for so many of us today, trying to get by in an economic system in which we are not much more than cogs in a wheel, in which productivity is valued more than people. Busyness has become the measure of our existence: “I’m busy, therefore I am.” With little awareness, we have been trading in our status as human beings, and allowing ourselves to become human doings.
When we become too busy, we don’t nurture relationships as well. We spend less quality time with family, with friends, and with the natural world. We can withstand periods of this, but the longer it goes on, the more isolated we will feel, and the farther away from joy we will fall.
How are things? Are you becoming a human doing? I hope you have enough time to watch this short video. It is worth the time.
This post is about recovering joy–a zest for life–and so fits best in the teal portion of the singing wilderness spiritual map.