Letting Go of Busy

Guest post by Jo Anna Rothman.

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Letting Go of Busy

Last year, I was busy. It was something that I had wanted for a long time. I so wanted be busy with clients. With conversations, blog posts, emails and more. I got what I wanted. I was busy with stuff galore. I created my days filled to the brim with action. I loved it. Until, it started to suck.

I honestly thought I had to be busy. I thought that it was the way it worked. When people asked me how things were, I could reply “busy”. One word said so much. It let folks know that I was doing well in the different sort of career path I embarked on. It told people that I was working hard and not lazing around. I was coaching, making money, connecting. It let the world know that I was diligent in my efforts to live a life I loved. But most of all, it helped me to believe all of those things about myself.

Busy became my sense of pride. As long as I had busy, I knew I was doing ok. Things were amazing. My life was getting more and more exciting every day. The busier I got, the better things were supposed to be. Right?

Then I started not to feel well. My body is incredible at letting me know when life is off kilter. The first time I got food poisoning was a great message to slow down. And I did, some. I stopped working on Fridays (which felt delicious!). But even in my down time, I kept thinking that I had to be doing something productive. Six months later, when I got food poisoning again (and had a nasty cold only a few weeks before that), I knew something was not working. When I checked inside of myself for an answer, all I heard was the word busy.

It was easy to look around my world and see all the busy I had made for myself. I quickly saw that I was making myself busy simply to be busy, because that is what I thought I was supposed to do. It was with a big sigh of relief when I realized that I didn’t need to work my ass off to get where I wanted to go. I could take clear, focused action steps that didn’t require that I dilly dally in the land of busy. Things get done. I get to indulge and luxuriated in life. It’s a much more pleasurable world to live it.

This year, I am fully letting go of the need to be busy. I’ll say to no to projects that don’t resonate deeply. I’ll set up an auto-responder. And most of all, I will no longer pretend that busy equals success. I will stop acting as if I need to justify my time to anyone, especially my mind. Beautiful things happen when I slow down. I am more abundant, more insightful, and so much more motivated to continue to create this amazing life I have going on. So good bye busy. And hello to a truer experience of me.

Jo Anna Rothman, MA is an intuitive coach and facilitator of The Receiving Project. She revels in assisting people in falling in love with their lives. She is committed to living a life full of pleasure, purpose and enthusiasm. And perhaps most important, she knows the secret to the perfect s’more.

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