“Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.”

I really love this article by Tim Kreider and it’s been a good reminder to me to examine my own motivations for being busy and scheduled all the time. Clearly this is a privilege that not all have, and he is writing to those of us who have this privilege. But I also believe that there is a relationship between those who choose busyness and ambition (consciously or not) in our lives and the poverty that so many live under. Maybe if we can learn to re-value things other than productivity, money and accumulation of things, we will have time to create a system that makes time for play, community and meeting the full range of our needs.


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