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Being Busy is Not a Badge of Honour

Updated: Mar 1, 2022

Everyday greetings often incorporate trite questions such as, "How are you?" or "How's it going?" While responses typically include banalities like, "Good" or "Fine." Yet, there are also many people who like to relish in the perception of their over-industriousness. This may be, at a subconscious level, out of fear of being thought of as unproductive, or worse yet - lazy. A prosocial stress no doubt!


There is real value in Restoring.... it also needs to be perceived as valuable.

 

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Lisa Cranston
Lisa Cranston
2022年3月03日

Your vlog definitely resonated with me, Joe. When I was working in our board's program department with other Type A folks, there were many of us who responded to 'How are you?" with a litany of things we had to do. We were all just so busy. It wasn't until a colleague used that phrase, 'people who wear their busyness as a badge of honour,' that I stopped to reflect (this was before my self-reg learning journey began.) Many of us equated busyness with importance, value, and self-worth. We were adept at multi-tasking but not very good at self-care. While I wish I had learned about self-reg so much earlier, all I can do is move forward now with t…

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Joe Persia
Joe Persia
2022年3月03日
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Thanks for sharing Lisa. I agree in wishing I had discovered Self-Reg much earlier in my career. That being said however, it does help to have the knowledge now to recognize when I need to restore.

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Joe Persia
Joe Persia
2022年3月02日

Hi Aviva. First let me say, I'm flattered you liked the post and even more so that it got you thinking.


I too enjoy my time with the children very much. I think of the Confucius saying, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." There is a lot to unpack in that one sentence.


Our careers are of course of our own "Choosing." we all "love" some aspects of it, and find other aspects more "work" than others. I see no fault in our identities being tied up in the aspects of the job we love, because that speaks volumes about our values and our goals. There is so mu…


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Aviva Dunsiger
Aviva Dunsiger
2022年3月02日
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Thanks for this detailed reply, Joe! I like the idea of distinguishing between the job we love and the tasks that we might find more stressful (even if connected to that job we love). I wonder if at times, we could use the components of that job we love to reduce the stress brought on by these other tasks. What do you thin?


Aviva

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Aviva Dunsiger
Aviva Dunsiger
2022年3月02日

Joe, I continue to do a lot of thinking around a line in your vlog: "This is what I do, not who I am." I wonder how much of our identity is wrapped up in what we do. I know that at times I restore by connecting with kids. Sometimes on a "busy" or stressful day, I might even choose to spend part of my lunchtime sitting down and chatting with the kids in our class or connecting with some students that I might not have had as much time to connect with already. When we see our job this way, is what we're doing seen less as busy and more as enjoyable? I'm not going to say that I…


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