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Sunday, November 21, 2010

"It's rather easy to be busy"

Dieter F. Uchtdorf's November 2010 General Conference Address Saturday morning had an unusual amount of wisdom. I'm picking one item a day and posting some reflective comments on his quotes.

Let’s be honest; it’s rather easy to be busy. We all can think up a list of tasks that will overwhelm our schedules. 
We use being "busy" as an excuse to ignore family, friends, obligations, spouses, hobbies, goals, scripture reading, church callings and just about everything else you can think of as an excuse to not do other things.

I'm reminded of something I learned in studying personnel (I refuse to call it human resource development.) When you work overtime, stay or come in at all hours, constantly work etc., people don't admire you for being committed and a hard worker. They wonder why you can't get your work done during the day like everyone else.

Always being "busy" simply proves we can't manage our time.


(I am moving and will not have access to media for about one week. My postings will be added automatically on a set schedule. However, I will not be able to moderate any comments until I am back online. I'm sorry for the delay. I appreciate your patience.)

2 comments:

  1. Uchtdorf's observation was a mild pass at a subject that Hugh Nibley tackled decades ago in a paper entitled "Zeal Without Knowledge." He covered the topic far more thoroughly. You can find it online at the FAIR or FARMS website.

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  2. My thanks to Anthony E. Larson, the poster above. I read "Zeal Without Knowledge" many years ago but decided to revisit if after he mentioned it in his comment. See my series on Zeal that began, January 2, 2010.

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