We cherish our freedom, our ability to live our life on our own terms. We resent being told what to do. As Billy Joel said, “This is my life.”
Yet, we unconsciously forfeit our precious freedom. To be free, we also must be aware. We are not free to connect with someone we don’t see or to capture an opportunity we haven’t noticed.
We pride ourselves on being busy. We are often so busy doing that we fail to notice the world around us. We don’t notice that our child is unusually quiet when we come home from work, and we lose the chance to connect with her. We want to be there for our best friend, yet we are working so hard we don’t realize he is struggling at work and at home.
Freedom is valuable because it allows us to focus our time, attention, and spirit on what is really important to us. But without building time into our hectic lives to pause and notice – really notice – the world around us, it is impossible to focus our resources on what matters most.
If we are constantly busy, are we really free?