Too Busy For Your Own Good

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Real Estate Agent with Buyer's Edge Company Inc

Relatives from Seattle were in town last night and I did the unthinkable - 

I turned off my cellphone for several hours. 

 

Sure,  it was a bold move. I intentionally unplugged from my busy day. But since our daughter was sitting next to me at the dinner table, I knew nothing too important would be missed. 

What a joy! Taking the time to fully enjoy conversation, food and people!  

 

An article in the New York Times asks the question, 

Is Busyness Jeopardizing Our Souls?

 

The articles points out that most of us answer the question, "How are You?" with the response, "I'm busy!" or "Just soooo busy!" and the truth is, many of us actually are very busy. Our lives are filled with work, raising children, maintaining our homes and meeting with clients who also have demanding schedules. In this amped up environment, it feels like chatting with a neighbor or clerk at a grocery store-just takes up too much of our precious time. 

 

At the Home Depot this morning, I made a point of smiling and talking to the clerk at the cash register. He seemed slightly surprised but happy to be acknowledged. I did this, in part, to intentionally slow down. I have been leaning in and, rushing to finish my To-Do list. But why? It's not like I'm late for a meeting or appointment. No, I am just in the hurrying habit. 

Back to dinner last night, the restaurant was fantastic! Osteria Morini is a rustic Italian waterfront restaurant and bar. My meal, Rigatoni with wild braised mushrooms, rosemary olive oil and parmigiano was heavenly. The conversation was perfect too-politics, family and summer vacation plans.

My point is, I pulled myself out of the busyness trap. 

Sometimes, especially when you love what you do for a living, it's hard to stop being busy.

In fact, busyness is today's mantra. If you know what I mean and want to jump off the busy train, give these suggestions a try.

  • Meditation retreats - can recharge your emotional batteries.If you've never gone, start with a few hours or a day long retreat. The Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC offers daylong and weekend retreats.   Retreats are held in and around the Baltimore/D.C. area. Consider visiting the Hermitage at the Franciscan Monestary in N.E. Washington The Hermitage is a single living space available to rent for 1 - 7 days. 
  • Outdoor Walks or Hikes - will do your mind and body good especially if you leave your cellphone off or at home! Last week, I was walking in the woods at Brookside Gardens, a local park near my home. A hiker behind was laughing so loud, I thought he was crazy! When I looked closer, I saw he was plugged into his cellphone and just chatting to someone-what a relief! 
  • Social Dancing  - used to be a common way to socialize back in the day. It's more challenging today to find places where you can just dance-no alcohol and no hassles! Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo Maryland has social dancing at the Spanish Ballroom. 

Remember- Busyness Does Not Equal Success

Enjoy family, good food, conversation & love-it's all that really matters

 

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4849 Rugby Avenue Bethesda Maryland 20814 office 301.657.1475 cell 301.922.1677

 

Victoria Henderson is Vice President & Associate Broker with Buyer's Edge, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Realtor in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Victoria is a certified Military Relocation Professional 

 

 

Marshall Henderson is a Certified Negotiation Expert & Exclusive Buyer Agent with Buyer's Edge & Realtor in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC

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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
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My mother used to tell me that she wished I would take time to stop and smell te roses.

Apr 13, 2016 04:26 AM #1
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Mike Wong
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Great reminder. Sometimes we just need to disconnect to recconect. 

Apr 13, 2016 04:46 AM #2
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KRISTIE DESAUTELS
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Groveton, NH
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Hi Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson .     I enjoyed your blog, it's very true for so many of us.  My husband has a plumbing & heating business plus the real estate so it seems like we are running all the time.   We try to keep Sundays our fun day,  it doesn't always work but we try.   Thank you for sharing and I hope your having a great week

Apr 13, 2016 05:03 AM #3
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Victoria Ray Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
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Hi Sybil Campbell-your mother gave you excellent advice Thanks for stopping by and have a great week

Apr 13, 2016 05:50 AM #4
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Victoria Ray Henderson
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Good way to point it Mike Wong! Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your week

Apr 13, 2016 05:51 AM #5
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Victoria Ray Henderson
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You and your husband have your hands full Kristie Desautels! Thank you for commenting and I wish you much success in both businesses!

Apr 13, 2016 05:53 AM #6
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Joan Cox
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Victoria, LOVE this post, and we should intentionally slow down, turn our phones off on occasion.   It helps with the stress!  

Apr 13, 2016 07:02 AM #7
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Victoria Ray Henderson
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thank you so much Joan Cox! I was so relaxed after dinner that I had to write about it-have a great week!

Apr 13, 2016 12:06 PM #8
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