I know we are busy. You are busy. I am busy. Who is not ? Especially the artists with pipeline of creative projects, its very hard for them to take time from their creative pursuits for other things.
But there is one exception. And that is Friendships. If your busy life is destroying your friendships or not helping you to nourish them, then you may want to re-look at your priorities. Friendships have a deeper connection to well-being and happiness than we imagine.
It's not only our work which satisfies us. To even a larger extent it is how we relate to humanity and how much real importance we give to human beings who we happen to meet in this life which defines our relationship to well being and happiness.
Busyness is common. From birth to death we have a found a way as humanity to keep ourselves very busy. We are going nuts about productivity. Almost an unhealthy obsession for many. But busyness doesn't necessarily mean more happiness. Busyness can also be an avoidance to look at something when needs to be looked at. Especially when we want to seize back our sense of well-being, calmness and gratitude. How many productivity obsessed people in this world emanate this quality of well-being, calmness and gratitude ? How many of these are heading towards burnouts and long years in therapy to regain their sense of balance and perspective ? Many.
It's ok if you like to be super productive and busy. But instead of copying others blindly, take a step back and re-look at your priorities and inquire what's important for you. What's important for your happiness and calmness ? Before designing your day-to-day life and future actions. I know sometimes we don't have much choice. But often we can do more, than we are willing to admit.
Friendships also mean more than just verbalizing it. It implies real actions. It means real care. If you don't care and you are just faking it, many people will sense it. People have far more sensitive intuition than we acknowledge it as a society. I believe people are inherently intelligent. But that innate intelligence an individual possesses gets obscured with all the noise, distractions, dullness and mal-intentions of masses. (Probably topic for another post or a book). Anyway if years are passing and you are not finding time to regularly keep in touch with your friends and spend time with them, then the truth is that it is not priority for you. And if that's a conscious decision then it's fine. But if it's happening unconsciously then maybe you want to re-look at this part of your life.
On this topic, I also wrote a post Friends on the Path where there is also a resonance on some of the core values important for you. What I am saying is, if you have friendships which matter to you, then respect them, value them and feel gratitude. You will probably start to feel a lot more happier and authentic.
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Ashish Anand (Founder, Unleash Your Power)
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