Busy Men who Never Live
”no one pursuit can be successfully followed by a man who is preoccupied with many things […] since the mind, when distracted, takes in nothing very deeply, but rejects everything that is, as it were, crammed into it. There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living […] I could prove that busy men find life very short.“ -Seneca
I've been fighting a form of busyness tooth and nail lately. I tend to focus on a bunch of different things at the same time and run, run, run, on a treadmill to nowhere, frantically trying to get all of my tasks done without making space for the big thinking that actually moves things forward.
I'm always stressed and anxious to some degree. But I don't know how to slow down, and let some things drop off the side, in order to get the space to strategize and think and breathe.