Here is an excerpt of an insightful article by William J. Doherty, appearing UU World, called “Let’s Take Back Our Time”:
“Welcome to the strange new world where being home for dinner is a radical act. For three decades a new spiritual and social justice issue has been arising in our culture and our congregations, but we’ve been too busy to notice it.”
“It’s the problem of time: over-work, over-scheduling, and a chronic sense of hurry. We have become the most productive and the most time-starved people on earth…”
“This is a spiritual issue as well as a social justice issue…. Over-busyness has spiritual effects. Every spiritual tradition emphasizes the importance of silence and repose; most have some form of Sabbath and seasons of reflection.”
Over-busyness is a Trap
Our culture of busyness is antithetical to the spiritual life. The Trappist monk Thomas Merton expressed it well in Confessions of Guilty Bystander:
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