I will never forget a conversation I overheard among coworkers once. They weren’t trying to make any profound statements, but I gleaned an important lesson that might just overhaul your priorities.
The conversation went something like this:
“Let’s see, who else will be able to sign up for the event? Will she be able to?” (This was a charitable event that my coworkers and I were involved in)
“Nah, I doubt it. She’s so busy”
And right then and there I recognized something big. I do not want to be the person that people automatically write off as too busy to help, too busy to be involved in a charity event, too busy to call or visit.
The person in question was definitely very busy. This person had something going on every night of the week and their weekends were taken up by even more activities. None of the activities were bad things; in fact, they were all very admirable. That’s why this evil is so sneaky. Even if the things that take up my time are good things, like being on a sports team, attending a Bible study or book club, or volunteering at a shelter, if I get to the point where these “good” obligations are making me unavailable to the people around me, they aren’t that good after all.
So how does this hurt your legacy? It’s simple. Do you want to be the dad remembered for always being gone from his own family, but a generous donor at charity dinners? Do I want to be the woman remembered as busy or do I want to be the woman remembered as there for someone in their time of need?
I’m definitely not giving up all my obligations. I love being involved in things! All I’m saying is, if I ever get to be too busy for people to even consider asking me to be a part of something, that’s too busy for me.
What do you think? How do you strike the balance between being involved and being too busy? Share your ideas in the comments section below!