I noticed a number of years ago that if I run into people I haven’t talked to recently and asked them how they were doing I almost always got the same answer: “Oh, I’m so busy!”
Now, however, it isn’t enough to be busy. Now the answer is crazy busy. You have to be crazy busy. Because in this country, don’t you know, you have to take everything to the next level. And that includes being insanely busy.
When Did Crazy Become a Worthwhile Goal?
I’ve made a point of not answering the “how are you doing” question with the answer “busy.” And I’ve made deliberate choices over the past eight or nine years to avoid getting myself into a rat race type lifestyle that would necessitate such an answer. I have no desire to be crazy busy. Being crazy busy is not a badge of honor in my book.
Think about it. Crazy is a goal to aspire to? When did this happen in our culture? And, even more so, when did crazy become a biblical virtue?
Longing for the Quiet of Home
I would not say I have been crazy busy these past six weeks, especially by the standards that most people keep. But I have been too busy.
I have literally been homesick and heartsick to be home for a full day.
Going through this was a good reminder to me of where I have come from and what I have accomplished in my life. No, not the accomplishment of being busy. Instead it is the accomplishment of being happy and content NOT being busy. The ability to be at home and be happy about it.
In fact, to long for home and the quiet puttering around my house.
Yes, there are days when I am ready to be out and about. But for the most part I find a great deal of joy and contentment at home.
Going through an unavoidable season where this was disrupted has simply helped me realize yet again the great value emotionally, spiritually, financially, relationally, and physically of being at home. I can point to examples in each of these areas where I/we have suffered because of the busyness. It has done little to enhance our home life in any way, shape, or form.
So I am happy to let the crazy busy people continue on their way while I quietly go mine. I am drawing a thankful sigh of relief that I am just about through this season and that today, for the first time in a long time, I pulled out a beloved book, sat in a quiet room all alone, and peacefully sipped my coffee.
Home sweet home!