Why You Shouldn't Use Busy-ness As An Excuse

Listen up.

You love someone? Tell them. You want to see someone? See them. You want to do something? Do it. Stop making excuses.

A couple months ago, one of my readers, Rose Almaposted on my Facebook page that she was in the hospital after having had a double lung transplant and could I come visit her while I was in Atlanta. Naturally, a million excuses came up as to why that would be hard. (I was only there for the weekend. I didn’t have a car. I was busy leading a workshop. Blah blah blah.)

I told my excuses to buzz off, and I went. I went, and my life was changed. That’s all it took. Meeting that sweet little light was all I needed to make a huge difference in my life. A huge, remarkable difference. 

Now, had I not gone to see her because of x, y or z, well, she would have died, and I would have never known how so much joy could emanate from a tiny sick little body. I would never have understood, I mean, REALLY understood, what it meant to be gracious in the face of uncertainty, in the face of possible death. I would never have had my life touched. Rosie passed away on June 17th, 2013, due to complications from cystic fibrosis. 

I am heartbroken, but I also am grateful I had that time with her.

That I experienced that connection.

I could have easily have not. I could have easily said, “I am too busy.” because, let’s face it, we're all busy. We all have too much to do.

But here’s the thing: nothing is guaranteed. So if you want something, go get it. If you love someone, show them. If you think you're owed anything beyond this moment, you're in for a wake-up call of the hardest kind. The truest wake-up call there is: there are no guarantees. That the time is now. That if we spend our lives saying, “I can’t,” or “I am too busy,” we're missing the beauty.

We're missing the roses.

I love you Rose Alma. RIP.

Post below your thoughts on being "too busy." Where are you missing your life because of being too busy? 



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About the Author

Jen Pastiloff is a writer living on an airplane. She travels the world with her signature Manifestation Yoga: On Being Human workshop/retreat. Featured in New York Magazine, Oprah.com & Good Morning America and published on Salon, Jezebel, The Rumpus, xojane, among others. Next retreat with availability: Labor Day in Ojai, Calif. Attend a workshop in your city by visiting jenniferpastiloff.com. Upcoming: Seattle, Los Angeles & London & Dallas.

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Jen is The Inspiration & Wellness expert for the new magazine Reimagine. Next up is Seattle in May.

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