Wendy Dickinson: Follower of God, leader of people. Explorer. Traveler. Psychologist. Believer. Thinker. Communicator. Strategic and efficient. Lover of friends, movies, wine, shoes, chocolate, obscure vegetables, and drinks with bubbles. Joyful.
Last week I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in quite a while. We began exchanging greetings and when I ask her how she was doing, she got about half way through saying “busy” and stopped. She corrected herself and answered that her life was “full.” This got me thinking about the difference between busyness and fullness. Busy indicates many things to do, lot’s going on, and a certain level of chronic (though not always unwelcomed) chaos. Fullness suggests satisfaction, contentment, and completion. There seems to be a sense of centeredness that is inherent with fullness. It’s true a full life might feel busy, but chances are a busy life, upon close inspection will not feel full. Most of us will prefer a balance between busy and full – finding that balance is an art I like to call being “fully busy.”
Ask your self a few questions to reflect on whether you are busy or full…
Do you find yourself reacting to life (busy) or responding intentionally (full)?
Are you focused on important things (full) or easily distracted by all the things you are doing (busy?)
If you pay attention to the things that you did today, how many of them are superficial (busy) and how many are meaningful (full)?
Does it feel like you are corralling your life (busy) or finding ways to contain memories and experiences (full)?