yet, we live in this fast paced world where we have convinced ourselves we don’t have time for the small things in life. think about it, we don’t even have time to say Kentucky Fried Chicken or Federal Express or General Motors or General Electric. we don’t have time to type out “i don’t know” or “talk to you later.” it just takes too long.
we are just too busy for these things.
we sacrifice our bodies for fast food. we trade in our social skills for social media. we surrender deep rooted friendships to “do lunch” or for “coffee dates” because we are just too busy to put real effort into them. we have too much on our plate.
but what are we doing that makes us so busy? when people ask me what i’ve been up to, i usually shrug and say “oh you know… workin’ and… stuff.” but i don’t know if i really am doing much at all. i can’t even imagine what my time waste basket looks like, because i’m sure i’ve thrown a good deal of it away doing a whole lot of nothing. that’s the problem with living in an ADD culture. we get too busy not having time for anything that we end up doing nothing of substance at all. we take our acronyms and our half hour coffee breaks with a select few “close” friends and we live a carved out existence we have deemed safe enough that we don’t truly have to engage in anything.
why don’t we want to engage? what is so safe about all this time we are supposedly saving for ourselves? we rush around trying to fit everything in, yet aren’t we missing something? i write this as someone who is as much a member of the attention-deficit-disorder generation as anyone. i fear that all this attention i put on giving myself enough time and space will end up hurting me in the end. i fear that when i wake up, everyone will have moved on because i was too busy worrying about being too busy.
i can’t say much will change for me just because i wrote this little anthem, mainly as a reminder to myself, but i would like to think i will give more time to the people who matter the most and maybe even more time to those who don’t get enough of it from me. life is in the small things and even more, it is in the moments we decide not to shorten.