Have you read this yet?
This brilliant article discusses the “disease of being busy,” our culture’s obsession with activity and with accomplishing tasks on our to-do lists. When our own family found ourselves caught in the throes of being busy, we were incredibly unhappy. We were stressed and tense. Even after we started unschooling, it took us a long time to realize that we didn’t need the countless activities we had cluttered our lives with. They left us with little time for reflection, meditation, and figuring life out. Even though they were good and worthy things to do, they kept us from the best things.
“The unexamined life is not worth living… for a human.” How are we supposed to live, to examine, to be, to become, to be fully human when we are so busy?
This disease of being “busy” (and let’s call it what it is, the dis-ease of being busy, when we are never at ease) is spiritually destructive to our health and wellbeing. It saps our ability to be fully present with those we love the most in our families, and keeps us from forming the kind of community that we all so desperately crave.
This article so beautifully puts into words the exact reasons we have made the life choices and changes that we have as a family. It is well worth the read.
All I know is that we are losing the ability to live a truly human life…I want my kids to be dirty, messy, even bored — learning to become human. I want us to have a kind of existence where we can pause, look each other in the eye, touch one another, and inquire together: Here is how my heart is doing. I am taking the time to reflect on my own existence; I am in touch enough with my own heart and soul to know how I fare, and I know how to express the state of my heart.
How is your heart? How is it doing? Have you had time today to figure that out?