I sometimes wonder if the show The Walking Dead (you know, the TV show about the zombies?) is more real life than we all realize! So many of us are exhausted, worn out, dog tired, or dead on our feet. Despite the toll that sleep deprivation and stress take on our relationships and health, we've become a culture that glorifies busyness.
It's as if busyness is a new form of "keeping up with the Joneses" and somehow, checking more items of your to-do list makes you a better person. Or, blame it on the Protestant work ethic that has permanently left its mark on how we view society and shaped our opinions of how its members should act. Or maybe it's even a way to bring meaning to our lives (your life obviously cannot be trivial if you are booked up solid all day every day, right?).
I can attest to feeling anxious or jittery when I'm not working on something. I feel lazy if I'm not engaged in something productive. Periods of time of inactivity and quiet are not a vacation or laziness. Solitude, reflection, and times of idleness are necessary for our heath and allows us to take a step back to get a macro perspective of our lives. It inspires us to make connections we wouldn't otherwise see because we've got our heads down in focused work.
I don't write this from a perspective of having this balance all figured out - I continue to learn what works for me and what doesn't. Sometimes, I still over commit and have to lean on my family when I feel like I'm about to have a meltdown. Thank goodness for a supportive family and a resolve to improve!