The Art Of Being Busy (Originally Published On 6/16/2019)

I have the habit of asking myself what it is I would happen to be doing, which would not be seen as an unusual gesture except that I, periodically, will follow that question with “why?”, That’s the one that gets me; it takes me back a minute and makes me re-evaluate and examine my own intentions and reasons. I should often realize this is my obsession: busy-ness.

There may be a misconception that I do not like to sit still for very long: this is somewhat true, this is contingent on circumstance. I believe in the value of work - hard work, soft work, mental drudgery, and most laborious activities - these have some sense of inherent value. Some planning went into the steps to be accomplished, some hand was required to change location and exert energy in some motion previously explained by someone who had to learn such an activity well enough to relay this to another person.

In this regard, one could consider any planning a conspiracy of sorts although most would agree - the reasonable and rationale would agree - that at that point, the definition is hardly being used in a matter appropriate for typical usage which one could then suggest would cheapen the value of the meaning and usage of the word. This renders the word pointless, unusable, and lackluster; this is typically a problem in the political world.

To simplify, I like to stay busy. To handle business one cannot have the value taken away from the word. Imagine a world where I say, “I’m going to take care of my business.” and in the stead of it meaning making music or writing an article, or telling a joke on camera, or playing a character in a sketch, or the like, I go out and collect leaves for the next 19 hours for a few dollars becuase the word business was renegotiated to mean slavery thus divorcing it from the previous value and assigning it some less-than-desirable worth; and imagine the entirety of our population never understanding this concept because they are told the renegotiation is a conspiracy not worth looking into. (Isn’t it funny that we negotiate the value of looking into something and we consider the risk in terms of worth it or not worth it?)

Perhaps discernment is something parents should cultivate into the environment so their children grow up understanding that there is a big risk in not weighing the value and worth of business and effort; that is the nature of pricing work. Working at a burger stand, a person pulling fries and filling drinks wouldn’t make $250 an hour just like a person making music while holding a full time job shouldn’t only be making a few quarters per record unless we honestly think the world would be a better place without burgers or music.

The point here is that we need to understand how to appropriately value our work, price our efforts, decide whether the risk or losing or winning has the desired worth by contrast.

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