Having been off from work for 3 days, I had a realization.

Rather… I read a bunch of books and this is the quote that has stuck with me for days, like peanut butter on bread.

But Joel, life is about making memories, being happy, balance.

How can life be too short to be busy?

I took some time and looked back at my favorite all time moments with my friends, family, and well just me.  Almost all of them happened in the “in between” moments.  When I had a moment to stop and show my children the blooming tulips, the bird making a nest, a conversation after supper.  JUST HANGING OUT.

My favorite moments are not the 3rd game I played that week in a baseball tournament, or that trip to the Dells, or that time I spent on the internet, although they all have their place.  I encourage you to find time to NOT BE BUSY.


I traveled with a person recently, let’s call that person Ray.  Ray for years has honestly been kind of intense, cranky, and well at times not super fun to be around.  Take him off the grid, and I was like, yeah this is the guy I love.  What was the difference?  Ray wasn’t consumed with daily tasks.  He had time for himself and others.  Good Ray > Busy Ray.  Be Good Ray.

What busy work can you give up?  Or can you focus more on your tasks so you do have a moment for those moments?

Just having got back Monday morning, I realized I was too busy to properly connect with my team.  Wow. Shame on me.

John Lennon said, “Life is what happens when you are making plans.”

I’ve heard this quote, “If the devil can’t make you BAD, he will make you BUSY.”

How true.  Being busy has to quit being a badge of honor.   I’ve had this conversation too many time… “Gosh, so darn busy this week.” …”Oh, aren’t we all?”… And we hurry off to do something.  You know what… I’m gonna start saying… “I’m not that busy…what do you need?”

It’s hard to be incredibly happy, even harder to actually supply happiness, when you are so busy… I believe it’s actually impossible.  You CAN be HIGHLY ACCOMPLISHED AND SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY without being 1000000% busy.  You say “it’s not possible”… I say, “Watch me.”

– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Our mission is to be a supplier of others happiness.  I hope this little post did just that.


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