Crazy Busy


Excerpt from Crazybusy, by Dr Edward M Hallowell, MD

“The best reason to take your time is that time is the only time you’ll ever have. You must take it, or it will be taken from you. It is telling that the phrase “taking your time” is synonymous with slowing down. If we want to live life fully, we do best to slow down. I don’t suggest that we turn back the clock, trying to retrieve a bygone era when life was slower. We couldn’t, even if we wanted to.

But I don’t believe we should want to. We should revel in our electronically supercharged, unbounded world. But, to make the most out of this new world, to avoid feeling overbooked, overstretched, and about to snap, to make modern life become better than life has ever been, a person must learn how to do what matters most first. Otherwise, you will bulldoze over life’s best moments. You won’t notice the little charms that adorn each day, nor will you ever transform the mundane to extraordinary.”

Determining what’s most important isn’t a simple task, but I’m working on it all the time. How ’bout you?

2 responses to “Crazy Busy”

  1. cathy says:

    I want this ridiculous catch-phrase, “crazybusy”, eliminated from the modern lexicon. People are simply “busy”. The idea that people are busier than they used to be is true, but come on, no one is really “crazybusy”. Life is going on for everyone. As it always has.

  2. Gina says:

    Hi Cathy –
    I guess I’m a bit isolated from the “crazybusies” and buzzwords as the title of Dr Hallowell’s book was the first I’d heard the term.
    When I think about life of say a teen or young “tween” woman, as opposed to my life as a 20 year old in early 1983, I’m overwhelmed in just thinking about the changes. All the typical stuff PLUS, all the new expectations of perfection in body and mind, as well as the changes in technology.
    The young women that I see weekly coming to Green Mountain certainly seem to be made crazy by the busy-ness of their lives. No time for self reflection or self care, the only outlet is food related fixations.
    Just a thought.

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