I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had a chance to post on my beloved blog for the last two months.
Excuses. Excuses. Busy. Busy. Busy. The truth? I kept procrastinating. I told myself I was “Busy,” but I knew there was more going on that I wasn’t admitting to myself.
And so, I wrote an article, which was published in this past week’s Binah Magazine and the title of the article is “Busy No More.”
This Sunday is Purim when many of us get so busy preparing food packages for our myriad friends and acquaintances, cooking the food for the holiday, and dressing the kids up in the sharpest costumes ever.
Do we miss the points of the holiday (joy, gratitude, friendship) with all our busy-ness?
Can we just relax and live in the moment? Can we be present in the here and now and not worry about all the things we have to do in the future?
Since writing the piece, I’ve been trying to live my life without talking about the B word. (not breathing – that’s a good B word). It’s a process for me, one minute, hour, day at a time.
I’m curious to know what my readers and followers (who are no doubt just as B as I am) think about this idea of “Busy No More.” Let me know in the comment section below.
And now, I can return those phone calls I let go to voice mail because I was too Busy, I mean Focused on composing this post.
Hope you enjoy and don’t forget to Breathe!
Recently,we celebrated the Jewish Holiday of Purim when children and many adults get dressed up and do things all upside down. This is one way we commemorate the story of Purim in Persia about 2500 years ago. I’ve been thinking that life is often about dressing up and wearing masks. Even if we don’t wear actual costumes every day, we often wear intangible masks and other forms of cover-ups in our daily lives.
And so, I’ve taken a serious look at this light and fun holiday today; I’ve compiled seven life realities inherent in all kinds of masks.
1. Masks portray an element of surprise and life is full of surprises. You just never know what will happen.
2. Masks are temporary; eventually one unmasks and the real face is shown. In life, there’s just so long that one can keep the charade or masquerade going.
3. Masks have holes for the eyes to peek through. In life, the real person’s soul is shown in his/her eyes.
4. Masks are uncomfortable and stuffy to wear. In life, it’s a pain to cover up. Much easier to just be real. Right?
5. Masks protect from disease and germs. In life, we often wear masks to protect ourselves from emotional hurt.
6. Masks can be scary, whether it’s your own mask or someone else’s. In life, it’s scary to relate to one who is not honest with oneself.
- Masks cover up most facial cues, since the mouth, nose and cheeks are often hidden. In life, wearing a mask prevents a person from relating and emoting properly.
How about you? Can you think of any other parallels between masks and life? Let me know.
Remember the Peanuts characters? Which one was the character who used to say “Happiness is…?”
Was that Lucy? Or was it Linus? Or was it Charlie Brown? Or maybe it was Snoopy?
I don’t recall who it was, but I do find that these days more things make me happy.
And more things make me sad.
But still – this post is focusing on what makes me happy. Continue reading