Generic inquiries of personal wellbeing (“How’s it goin’?”) are often met with equally generic responses (see previous post regarding this), which may include an assurance of productivity (“Keepin’ busy”). I am guilty of using such responses even when I don’t mean them or they aren’t true. But regardless of the validity of it, that response doesn’t mean much at all. Just because you are busy doesn’t mean you are productive, and vice versa. I feel like the difference can be hard to describe but we all know it. We all hate “busy-work,” but if we are occupied with something we love or we think is meaningful we get a sense of fulfillment.
So if we find ourselves “keepin’ busy” it’s a good idea to check-in on exactly what that means.