Every Wednesday, I’ll (try) to post up a Simple Living Tip, with an emphasis on tips that can be done while living a more traditional 9-to-5 life.
I realized that before I can even start giving out practical tips for simple living, I should focus on attitude and adjust my own attitude toward life. Right now, when people ask “How are you?”, my automatic response is a sigh followed by “Oh, I’m so busy.” And I know I’m not the only person who does this. This is the stock response I get from most people whether they’re a middle manager, a homemaker or out-of-work actor.
Maybe you think saying you’re busy does not matter. However, I think that we should reserve that response for truly busy periods in our lives. We all have unfinished to-do lists and a million things to do but there are some days, or weeks, where you actually do have time. Whether you spend that time watching YouTube videos or taking a long nap is up to you. (BTW, I think long lazy afternoons are necessary!)
I guess what I’m saying is that if you think you’re overwhelmed, then you will be overwhelmed. If you recognize that some chores and errands are routine parts of adult life, then you won’t insist you’re always “so busy”. Save that answer for truly overwhelming times like when you have out-of-town visitors, two weddings to attend in one weekend, or an important work project with a fast-approaching deadline. Now I realize that some people do get caught up in busy situations week after week but that’s a post for another day. In the meantime, ask yourself do you say “you’re busy” when you’re really not that busy?