his book, Crazy Busy: Overstretched,
Overbooked, and About to Snap, Dr. Edward Hallowell draws the following
conclusion: "Being too busy is a persistent and pestering problem, one
that is leading tens of millions of Americans to feel as if they were living in
swarm of gnats constantly taking bites out of their lives. All the screaming
and swatting in the world does not make them go away." The great pastor
and author, Howard Thurman, once said, "[Chronic] busyness is a substitute
for the hard won core of direction and commitment." In the words of that
great Motown spiritual, "What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted," it is possible
to be "always moving and going nowhere."
Practice: Review your "to-do”
list and deliberately decide to focus more on offering up your best rather than
just being busy. Work with patience, precision, power, and playfulness. You may
not do as much, but your doing will be more meaningful and joyful.