The Burden of Being Busy

August 17, 2015

I can’t speak for everyone, but I think that I am ready for fall.

Maybe it’s for football season or even just a break from the heat. Either way, I think I have had enough of summer. I am convinced that the ‘lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer only live in lemonade commercials. Personally, I have been as busy as any time I can remember. There were an unusual amount of meetings/conventions on the calendar and as I have told my wife, I have felt very disorganized. I am ready for a new season and the resumption of a more normal calendar. Ironically, I say this as I leave for Michigan to attend an InfoTronics meeting in the morning!

One of the casualties of overwhelming busyness is communication. The normal dialog and discussions that take place are often sacrificed when you are running around with your hair on fire.

Obviously, the same is true for Gorrie-Regan as well. I don’t have to remind any of you that this has been a record busy time for us when measured against previous summers. We have a lot going on. Yes, we are blessed to be so busy – and there are a lot of people who would love to have our ‘problem’. But I think it’s safe to say we are all ready for a new pace. I assure you that it is on the way.

One of the casualties of overwhelming busyness is communication. The normal dialog and discussions that take place are often sacrificed when you are running around with your hair on fire. I call this Tasmanian Devil talking… If you remember in the Bugs Bunny cartoons, he would often pop up from one of his tunnels only to appear in the middle of a stampede of other animals running away. He would inquire with his signature line…’What’s up Doc?’ But no one would slow down enough to speak with him. When someone would finally answer his question, they would simply mention that the Tasmanian Devil was approaching and they were going the other way. Whenever I am very busy and too crammed for real dialog, I feel just like that.

Speaking for myself, I can allow busyness to actually be an excuse for not listening to others as well. In many cases, I can ignore the very people who hold the solutions I need. If I just slow down enough to reach out and listen. Thank you for all that you have done this summer and will continue to do into the fall. Hopefully, at a better pace in lower temperatures. See the cartoon below for a good laugh.

Have a great week, Charlie

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