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Mindful : October 2015
Busyness is modern laziness Action addiction is an advanced sort of laziness. It keeps us busily occupied with tasks. The bus- ier we keep ourselves, the more we avoid being confronted with questions of life and death. As we keep ourselves occupied with tasks, impor- tant or not, we avoid facing life. We keep a safe and comfortable distance to the issues that are sometimes hard to look at. Have we chosen the right career? Are we present enough with our children? Is our life purposeful? With all our activity we believe we get closer to something bigger. We might not know what it is, but we keep working at it. It́s like climbing a ladder as fast as we can, hoping to get to the top. And someday we get there. We reach the top in the form of a job promotion or a newly acquired house. But what’s the point of reaching the top → It’s like climbing a ladder as fast as we can, only once we reach the top we realize it’s leaning against the wrong wall. The consequence of action addiction is that we are constantly chasing shor t-term wins. We keep ourselves busy chasing details, thereby losing sight of larger goals. If you are reading this, and not really sure if it applies to you, here is a little test you can do. Next time you get to your office in the morning, just as you are about to get in action, sit down, and look out the window or at your computer screen. Don’t act. Don’t talk. Don’t solve a problem. Just sit. Do nothing. For three minutes. If you find the test difficult, if you are challenged by the inactivity and get restless and experience an urge to be busy—you are experiencing some degree of action addiction. Fortunately, there is a way out. Test your action addiction October 2015 mindful 73 insight practices