Bye Bye Negative Thought #8:
“I have to stay busy otherwise…”
Are you the type of person who can’t not be busy? If you are watching TV, you’re also doing something else. If you are a passenger during a car ride, you also have to be reading a book or doing a secondary activity. You can’t just sit by the pool or ocean and sit. Even in the shower, you are running through a list of to-dos or call backs you need to do while putting the actions of showering on autopilot.
Well…that’s me or I should say, was me.
I naturally keep myself multi-tasking in about 3 different things at one time. And I’m good at it. I can answer a page, cook dinner and listen to my oldest do his reading homework at one time.
OR AM I?
When I started getting intentional, I realized that I wasn’t doing anyone any good service when I multi-tasking. I only half listen or partially do.
So that leads me to think…why keep yourself busy? Well…I realized about myself:
When I was “crazy busy” then I was proving to myself that I was doing all the right things
If I kept myself busy, I didn’t have any more mental capacity to see what’s happening under the surface or where my brain would switch to thoughts next.
By being busy, then that meant I was productive and if I wasn’t productive then I wasn’t enough. What was my purpose? If I wasn’t doing something, then who was I.
I was clogging up my bandwidth with activity so things (like emotions and feelings) were suppressed so then unconsciously I didn’t have to deal with me.
When’s the last time you sat with yourself in silence and stillness?
That’s my challenge to you. Stop the busy-ness. Sit in silence and stillness and see what comes up.
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