Has anyone ever qualified a question with the following: “I know you’re busy, but…”?
This happened to me the other day, and I had two immediate reactions.
My first reaction—> I was glad they recognized my schedule was packed with busy and important things.
(Confession: that observation made me feel important and popular).
My second reaction—> I was frustrated that my busyness made them think I wouldn’t have time for them.
Too often, I over emphasize my busy schedule.
When people ask me “How are you?” usually my response includes something along the lines of “Good, I’ve been staying really busy, etc etc etc.”
We live in a world that masters the glorification of being busy.
While busy seasons come and go, defining myself by my busyness will communicate that I’m unavailable.
So even though I desire for others to know that I am always open, my actions show that I am closed.
What would it look to communicate a more open and flexible schedule?
I’ve set a new goal—> To stop defining myself by being busy, and to be more approachable and flexible so people don’t begin conversations by first acknowledging my limited availability.
That’s been on my mind this week…I’d appreciate any feedback or suggestions you all might have!