wide open

Apr 24, 2007 | Life in Progress

oh my. it’s been a whirlwind these last several days, trying hard to keep my head above water with little sleep. i’ve been trying to come up with a phrase other than “i’m busy” to say when things are like this. i dread saying those words. they’re oversaid, and often empty attempts at trying to get some sort of weird validation or some strange societal thing that we must always be producing, working, doing. those words make me feel closed, a bit frantic, and uninspired. we’re all busy. life is a twirling heap of things to do, things not to do, relax, read, don’t relax, running errands, dayjobs, connections with friends and family, alone time. it’s all always there but isn’t there a better, softer way to say “i’m busy”?

gina and i have been jokingly saying “we’re wide open” instead, both chuckling because we both know its deeper meaning (“i’m busy”). the whole thing is cracking me up as i sit and write this, but seriously i don’t ever want to be too busy for the good stuff of life. i don’t want to drown in the meaningless, seemingly never ending details of life. i want to be wide open.

Sending much love,

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  2. misty

    i totally know how you feel..i love your take on it! never a dull moment. 😉 xo

  3. Tracie Lyn Huskamp

    Hi Kelly,

    I can completely sympathize…

    THANK YOU for stopping by my blog and leaving such a SWEET message about my little pug. We just miss her terribly.


  4. Maya Contreras

    seriously…are we going through the same thing at the same time, but just on different coasts…you’re freaking me out kelly !
    🙂 xo- Maya

  5. Nic Hohn

    I used to say when I was busy ‘I’m being really productive at the moment’. Now when I feel rushed or overwhelmed with things to do I slow right down and take a moment for myself…it changes my mindset and my energy.

    May you find a quiet moment for yourself!

  6. Holly Stinnett

    Oh, I soooo know what you mean. I hate saying “I’m so busy” too. I have a friend who has such time issues and is always “so busy”… I feel sorry for her because she doesn’t take time to enjoy the little things in life. No matter how busy I get, I always, always make time to kiss and love-on my doggie, drink wine, call friends, see friends, make art and live my life. I refuse to let “the real job” and other stuff get in the way. But that’s my conscious decision. Other folks seem to be having trouble putting themselves first. I feel empowered when I do! So here’s one for you… an old pal and I used to say “she can’t get out of her own way” when an individual was too busy or wrapped up with things. So maybe you can say, “I can’t get out of my own way today.”

    Have a great week,


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