Reminder to Self: “Full” Not “Busy

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The #sachat community has been abuzz lately with folks posting their one word New Year’s resolutions (for a full description of how that works, see this article. Also check out the #oneword2011 hashtag). Which reminded me that my very first #reverb10 post answered a similar question (“One Word. Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?”). The end of the first week of classes seems like a good time to check in to see how my resolution to:

to stop telling people that I am “busy.” My life isn’t busy. It’s full — full with meaningful work, a husband who still makes me laugh after 12 years, friends and family, good food and wine, and more books than I can get to in a lifetime. In 2011, I will embrace my full life and leave busy behind.

is going.

I’m happy to report that it’s not going too badly. The bad news is that I caught myself saying “Things are fine, just busy” to someone recently in response to their “How are you?” — but the good news is that a voice in my head said “remember — you are not busy, you’re full.” What I find hardest about sticking with this is that other people seem to want to insist that I am busy. And I suppose I am in the way folks normally use the term and January is a particularly hectic time of year as we all catch up from having done a whole lot of nothing over the holidays. But. I still want to refuse the word “busy” and the negative connotations I associate with it. So next time you see me, don’t be surprised if I respond with “Full” when you ask me how I’m doing — and no, I won’t necessarily mean that I just ate.

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