The Badge of Busyness
Below is a poem about Busyness by coach, Christine Arylo. Although the poem is for women, both genders fall under the whip of the task-master’s ‘To Do’ list. and fall prey to getting busy!
Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to get things done, but never at the expense of keeping good, positive energy. In my experience, it’s vital to keep the balance between ‘doing’ and ‘being’. Clients/customers don’t hire us just to do things, they hire us because they like us, which is just another way of saying they like our energy!! Think about it, when was the last time you bought something from someone you didn’t like?
That’s why at the top of my page in the morning, ABOVE my ‘To Do’ list is my ‘To Be’ list. Yes, I want to get things done, but always in a way that honours my beingness. I try at all costs to avoid busyness. Busyness presumes preoccupation and make me less available to others. And to life itself.
‘Beingness’ versus ‘Busyness’:
One of the ways I keep my energy high is to cultivate feeling ‘spacious’. When I do, I notice that I start giving myself more time, and more room, which means that I have the room to experience life more fully.
The people I work with also feel the luxury of this sense of ‘room’.Both of us often step out of our heads and out of the contraction that busyness likes to create and into the present moment, which is the only place one can experience life. And then, strangely enough, we both take a big breath and we move forward more easily.
Here’s the poem. Enjoy!
We Burn Our Badges of Busyness:
By Christine Arylo
What are we teaching our girls?
You can be anything.
Now get going.
There is much to do.
Allow me to introduce you to your new lifetime companion
She will follow you everywhere from now on
You will learn to wear her as a badge of honor
She is not stingy
Some days you will be tired
You will try to unpin it
Your to-do list
What they (we) didn’t tell you
But YOU can choose
Girl, woman, sister
As you turn away
“Yes I can do anything.”
BUT NO … I DON’T NEED TO DO BE AND HAVE EVERYTHING
I am valuable simply because I am
Because I know the truth
I am enough
And so are you.