It’s a metaphor


I have met a lot of people who say they are “busy.” Apparently, everyone is busy. We are busy taking care of our families, friends, spouses, children, the poor, the needy, the hungry, the sick, the elderly, the less fortunate…

When we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life we don’t see the people around us for who they are—as people—and we forget to treat them as such. We end up treating them as obligations.

People are not something we have to deal with. No, we get to interact with them. Too often, we think what we need to do to take care of those around us is to pay our bills, file our taxes, bring home more money, get good grades, finish our assignments on time, improve our accuracy.

If we are busy filling our time with things we need to do and miss out on things we get to do, what is the point of the busy?

If we are going to get better at juggling our busy lives, we need to remember: It’s not how you catch the ball, it’s how you throw it. It’s about setting yourself up for the next thing that comes your way. And there will always be something else that comes.

When we are out of balance, it’s because we haven’t put enough time in the things we get to do. We are not focused on letting go of the things that don’t actually matter.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s important to acquire some money. But where are you: Do you have to? Need to? Want to? Or get to?

Well, let’s be clear. We have to, need to, want to and get to look people in the eye and embrace them for who they are and help them become the person it is they are trying to become. Our humanity depends on it. Not whether we make another sale. Sure, we need to make some money. But let enough be what it is…enough.