Busy Day, Busy People
My favorite bedtime story as a toddler was a book called Busy Day, Busy People. I have fond memories of my Mom’s soothing voice reading aloud and the colorful pictures of people going about their busy lives to and from work and play. Little did I know how painfully accurate that book would become in my life and seemingly the lives of everyone I know. Life these days is busy. Very busy. Work, friends, family, email, traffic, errands, and social media all compete for our short attention spans. Even our leisure time activities tend to have a sense of busyness about them – almost as if we’re proving to ourselves (and others) just how busy we are. Exercise and fitness nowadays also tends to have a ‘multi-tasking’ feel – at the gym music blasts, flat screen TVs show us the latest news, and our fitness wearables count our calories. Indeed, life feels a lot like Busy Day, Busy People.
“The antidote to stress is to find peace of mind – that stillness in your body, heart, and soul. As important as our hectic lives are, the quiet spaces in between those busy moments are what truly matter. ”
— Eric Stevens
But lost in the ‘busy’ shuffle is the thing that matters most in our lives – our health. Health happens when we alleviate stress and being busy doesn’t tend to alleviate stress, it exacerbates it. The antidote to stress is to find peace of mind – that stillness in your body, heart, and soul. As important as our hectic lives are, the quiet spaces in between those busy moments are what truly matter. Especially these days, we must all strive to find the ability be present and listen to ourselves. Exercise and fitness offers us that opportunity if we allow it to. Try a walk in nature, a hot yoga class, or a long bike ride without any distractions and simply listen. See how you feel. Connect to your breath and allow yourself a reprieve from all of the busyness.
When I think back now to that fond memory of my Mom reading Busy Day, Busy People, ironically what sticks out most isn’t the message of being busy, but rather those peaceful and quiet moments with my Mom. Today find your quiet moment and embrace the stillness.