To be busy and blind means to be aware of the things that are wrong in your life but too busy to deal with them or think about them.
Once upon a time I used my busyness as a coping mechanism: an easy way out of facing the harsh realities of life and the problems I was dealing with. It all backfired when I got too busy and burned out. When I realised I needed a break from everything so that I could de-stress, I was slapped in the face with all of the issues I had stored away in the back of my mind that I had no intentions of ever dealing with. The problem people like myself face is that we take time out to relax but instead we find time to think, we end up thinking about all the challenges we successfully managed to avoid for so long and then we overthink… This never ends well.
Are you busy and blind?
Even worse, are you too busy and blind to realise that you are busy and blind?
We are not superheroes, we cannot possibly deal with everything that life throws at us straight away, “But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
It’s important to learn to prioritise your challenges and create an action plan as soon as possible; this is especially important for the internal/mental challenges that you know will hit you hard in the future. We need to be mindful of not treating mental challenges as such that can only be dealt with mentally- by this I don’t only mean mental illnesses such as stress or depression but also the root causes such as uncertainty about our future, or difficulties with finances, loneliness etc. There are practical things that you can do to deal with any situation-you just need to be willing to take a minute to organise your thoughts and work hard to find a solution.
It is also important to learn when to ask for help and not to be embarrassed to do so. There are always people who are willing to help; it may not even be someone who you know personally, it may not even be someone you know exists right now, but be rest assured that there is someone, somewhere who can help you. It may be a friend of a friend, a colleague at work, a counsellor etc. but please be aware that it will be more difficult to find them if nobody knows that you’re looking.
Having hope and faith is key- it can be extremely difficult and demotivating to work towards something if you have no internal belief that it will actually work out in your favour. Without this, everything else is pretty much pointless.
I want to encourage you not to be too busy for yourself and finding what makes you happy. It won’t be an easy ride, but it’s more than worth it, it’s for you!
All the best,