by Naomi on August 9, 2011

in Inspiration

bee gathering nectar from a bright pink rose


Purpose has its place,
especially when paired
with awareness of the difference
between business and

Achieving results
in line with
life’s purpose,
is reward enough
by itself

Being busy
on the other hand,
empties hours of riches,
and saps bodies of
essential energy

How do we determine
the difference
between the two?
By taking a break
from both

To reconnect with wisdom,
which knows better than
to try directing business
through compulsive


Inspiring Quotes:

“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves” – Jack Kornfield

“Life lived amid tension and busyness needs leisure. Leisure that recreates and renews. Leisure should be a time to think new thoughts, not ponder old ills.” – C. Neil Strait

“If work and leisure are soon to be subordinated to this one utopian principle – absolute busyness – then utopia and melancholy will come to coincide: an age without conflict will dawn, perpetually busy – and without consciousness.” – Gunter Grass

“The time to relax is – when you don’t have time for it.” – Sydney J. Harris

Here are two more images, to put the little bee into better perspective, as opposed to diving head-first into a feast of nectar πŸ™‚

nature photography

Bee gathering nectar from a rose

nature photography

Bee on a rose-bush

When busyness overwhelms the better part of business, as it did recently for me, I tend to resort to meditation. This seems to work without fail – which doesn’t explain why I’m so inconsistent about it πŸ˜€  – especially when it hits the sweet spot of inspiration, which feels something like brainstorming with the Universe . . .

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” – Buddha

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy August 10, 2011 at 9:45 am

Naomi, thank you, you just have no idea how important this post is to me today. *heart*


Naomi August 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Know what you mean, thanks Cindy. Dave reckons this applies more to me than anyone else! It’s good to see that you’re taking a richly-deserved break today…may you enjoy every moment πŸ™‚


Kate Shrewsday August 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Now there’s a distinction I have never thought about before, Naomi. Very profound: I’ll be mulling it over all day.
Meditation is where it’s at πŸ™‚


Naomi August 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Thank you for your thoughts, Kate…given how profoundly you write, it figures that you meditate πŸ™‚


nrhatch August 10, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Terrific post, poem, and pics!

“Don’t just do something . . . sit there!” πŸ˜€


Naomi August 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm

LOVE it, Nancy, thank you! πŸ˜€


[email protected] August 12, 2011 at 7:14 am

The women in my life seem to be getting busier as they purchase more supportive electronics. It’s a complete surprise being able to reach them in person. Being too busy is regularly discussed, yet they cannot resist taking on another challenge.

I don’t see men doing this as much as women, oddly enough!

It is very sad what busyness can do to relationships. My heart goes out to the children who come here on holidays with parents who are on cell phones, IPads and Kindles.

The question is – what does busyness help us avoid?


[email protected] August 12, 2011 at 7:15 am

I mean to mention that I love those shapely hind legs holding all that pollen!


Naomi August 13, 2011 at 7:53 am

LOL! How very “you” to spot the shapeliness, Amy πŸ˜€


Naomi August 13, 2011 at 7:52 am

So true, Amy, and what a great point you make – thank you. I’ll be pondering that one!


JamieDedes August 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

A wonderful poem and post … filled with truth and wisdom. We do often mistake busyness for business and for a life … Well done post – top to bottom – and fine photos to illustrate. Love roses and bees. Lush! Lovely!


Naomi August 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Thanks Jamie! Too true that we sometimes “mistake busyness for a life”…scary.


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