THE RATIONALIZATION OF BUSY - Thoughts from Bo / by Bo Gerard

I’m sure you’ve all seen the Facebook memes shouting, "STOP THE GLORIFICATION OF BUSY", and maybe you've even read one of the many articles and blogs written on the subject.  They all make good points, however they all fail to mention the ONE POSITIVE ASPECT of being “too busy” – it’s the perfect excuse for not doing things you don’t really want to do.  Things like responding to certain emails and voicemails, attending certain gatherings, or getting to those items that always seem to stay at the bottom of your “To Do” list.

The negative aspects of being too busy, like anxiety, migraines and sexual disorders, are well documented.  But that’s the world we live in—you’re driven to do more than feels comfortable.  Tim Kreider wrote, in an article for the New York Times back in 2012 entitled “The ‘Busy’ Trap”, that "perhaps many of us over-schedule ourselves in order to feel more important, or to avoid being alone with our thoughts."

More and more lately, when I ask someone “How are you doing”, the first word that comes out of their mouth is “BUSY.” (Usually preceded by a big, overly dramatic sigh.)  As if to warn me that I shouldn’t ask them to do anything with or for me right now.  They are pre-emptively busy.  Nicely played!

So, what’s wrong with being too busy?  Nothing!  When you’re TOO BUSY everyone lets you slide when you don’t RSVP or come to their birthday party, or if you back out of things at the last moment.  Anyway, they can get someone else to fill in for you as a groomsman, or help them move “some things” in to their storage unit.  As much as you would “like to help”, you’re just slammed!  You’re a busy person!  You’ve got a lot on your plate!!!

Man may not be a rational animal, but he certainly is a RATIONALIZING animal,