Footsteps in Faith: Hectic lives, busyness can cause alienation

| March 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Charles Paul
325th  Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

Everyone seems to be busy these days. I guess it’s the sign of the times.

We live in a busy, fast-paced and stressful world. Too many places, people and things compete for our attention.

PaulAnd, every day is filled with going to meetings, attending various activities and scheduling future events in our appointment books.

Lee Iacocca was a busy man when he was running the Chrysler Corporation. Yet, even he knew the value of taking time off.

“I’m constantly amazed by the number of people who can’t seem to control their own schedules,” he said, in his autobiography. “Over the years, I’ve had many executives come to me and say with pride, ‘Boy, last year, I worked so hard that I didn’t take any vacation.’ And I always say, ‘That’s nothing to be proud of!

Iacocca continued, ‘You mean to tell me that you can take responsibility for an $80 million project, and you can’t plan two weeks out of a year to go off with your family and have some fun? You can’t plan any time to take care of yourself?’”

Iacocca is right. We don’t take time off, and we’re constantly busy trying to impress others.

Recently, a CNN poll asked, “Do you wish to slow down from the busyness of life?” Fifty-nine percent of all Americans answered, “Yes.”

The pace of life is fast and relentless. Sometimes we’re running as fast as we can go. There are so many things in our lives that are designed to save time — cars, computers, cell phones, and fast food. Yet, instead of taking the time saved and using it in other more meaningful ways, we fill it with more things to do — all of which proves that we value multitasking and busyness more than anything.

Busyness is a status symbol of our culture. We tell ourselves, “If I’m really busy, I’m somebody important and successful.” But deep down inside, there is a desire for a slower and meaningful life.

Unfortunately, it’s the busyness that keeps our lives in alienation and emptiness.

For example, in the virtual world, we e-mail or phone people instead of talking to them face to face. I sometimes find myself e-mailing somebody half way around the world, and I don’t realize that my wife and kids are sitting right next to me, waiting for a moment of my time. How does that happen?

How does busyness take over our lives so quickly? Is that how we want to live? I don’t think so.

When our lives are filled with busyness, our relationships with others are the first things to suffer. We don’t have time to sit down and talk with our family and, more importantly, we do not take time to talk to God. We are so wrapped up in what we’re doing, that we miss our time with God. We need time for spiritual growth, to reflect on our lives and hear God talk to us.

More importantly, I believe we need to remember who we are and not let others tell us who or what we should be.

So, slow down. Learn to say “no” and take time to spend with the people you love. Above all, find a bit of quiet, reflective time and commune with God in this beautiful place we call paradise.

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