most of us (if we’re honest) actually like being busy. that’s right. we can complain all we want about the gazillion emails we have to check and feign the dread we feel upon a glance at our packed schedules — but the truth is, we probably would have it no other way. sure, you can talk all you want about how badly you need a vacation and take the occasional day off to refuel but it’s probably hard to unplug for too long.
that’s because we’ve all been programmed to value productivity over anything else.
productivity gives us a sense of meaning, like we’re actually doing something worthwhile with our lives.
we’ve been programmed like robots to work till kingdom come and all the while, we’re losing sight of what’s truly important: fruitfulness. Translation: things that last.
we mistake busy-ness for productivity and productivity for the meaning of life.
what does fruitfulness look like today? in a word, relationships. in another word, memories.
is your life yielding meaningful relationships and memories?
at the end of the day these are the things that last. if you’re too busy being “productive,” i can almost promise you that you’re missing out on the greatest joys in life. nothing wrong with hard work but some of us need to make a change.
when you look back on your life, i doubt you’re gonna fondly remember all the hours you spent on your emails or the great meetings that you led. you’re going to remember things that made you laugh, cry and joyful all over. you’re going to remember the times you put someone before something.
what do i want on my tombstone? pepperoni and sausage. but when i die, give me: “a man who was consumed with love”