Busy, Over-Whelmed and Exhausted?

Busy vs Full

Speaking to my friends, it would seem that many of us are in the same boat. I think that there used to be a time in my life where I was nicely busy, just busy enough! At certain times of the year, particularly the end of the school year or the run up to Christmas I knew I would get really busy, it was a given and I just accepted it as being the way it was. I don’t know about you, but for me it now seems that every day is like that time of the year. It’s a bit like the VISA bills. There used to be a time where the big ones were anticipated at certain times of the year but now every month is a big one!

Anyway, back to being busy…I bumped into a friend recently who I hadn’t seen for a while.

“How are you doing?” she asked me.

“Busy” I replied.

“So busy it’s almost at over-whelming. There seem to be so many balls in the air right now!

“You? How are you?”

“I’m great. My life is full and I’m happy. I love my work, I love my life!” she replied.

“Full?” I asked her.

“Yes” she said.

“I’ve replaced the word busy with full and life is so much better for me”.

She’s a busy mom. She works full time, runs a home, has three boys and, and and… However, I have to be honest, she seemed so content, happy and accepting of her fullness than I did of my busyness.

It got me thinking, and I don’t know about you, but I had to agree with her. Full just seemed so much more positive than busy. I associate being full with being replete, satisfied. Instantaneously it seemed so much more hopeful. We parted company and my busy day continued.

“My life is full.” I said to myself.

I had to admit that it sounded nice. It sounded calm and satisfying. It sounded so much better than “My life is busy”.

I have tested it for a couple of weeks now and my days seem to be way calmer than my busy ones ever were. My life is full. In fact it is very full and at times, absolutely it over-flows but being full to over-flowing just seems to keep me in a better headspace than being busy to over-whelming. How can something so simple be so effective?

The reality is that my days are probably no busier or fuller now than they ever were but what it has made me realize is that it all comes down to how I perceive them and how that influences my headspace, mindset, motivation and behavior as a result of it.

I am at my happiest when I am busy, I know this about myself, but, I’ve realized that I am even happier knowing that my life is full. And, the very best part of it is that it has brought me a new found energy to being a Mom. I feel released from feeling busy, over-whelmed  and exhausted.

Try it and see for yourself, it’s great – “My life is full” I love it and am very grateful to my friend. Thank you!

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One thought on “Busy, Over-Whelmed and Exhausted?

  1. Lois

    I like this, Louise. I think so much is how we interpret — the reality never changes, only our approach. Tried the same idea years ago when preparing for a birthday party: I could frown as I assembled the finicky elements of the event or — I could smile. Only I knew the difference. But there it was and has made a difference to this day. Thanks!

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