Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Are you a BPIW?
Do you know any busy people? Are you one of them?
Here's my pet peeve (and by now you know it has nothing to do with physical pets): people who are busier than you, no matter what. They're the people who can force you into exaggerating your own busyness just not to lose the busy battle. Or maybe I'm the only one who responds that way when someone tries to convince me that he's the busiest person in the world (BPIW).
My father used to say: he's the kind of guy, if you've got a bottle, he's got a case.
I think that translates nicely into what I mean.
You can have 5 classes to teach, 4 deadlines to meet, and a marathon to run, but BIPW will best you every time. "I'm doing all that, AND I'm expected in New Zealand any minute," he'll say. To which I'm tempted to respond, "I just got back from there and I'm packing for Greenland."
I never like myself when I get into that mode of claiming to be a BPIW. It makes me tense about my life and my projects. I'd rather take it easy and think how lucky I am to have many things to do, instead of trying to impress people with my to-do list.
I had a colleague once who was a BPIW and also a BMIW (busiest mother in the world.) If I came into the office with a new jacket, she'd moan about how she'd love a new jacket, but she had to feed her children. If I went to a movie, she'd complain that she hasn't had time for a movie since her twins were born. The only way I got her to stop was to confront her with, "Gee, BMIW, you make me very happy I never had children. I'm so sorry you weren't so lucky."
Here's a paraphrase of one of my favorite cartoons: God is on a cell phone, saying "I'm sorry, I can't. I have to be everywhere."
Now, that's busy.
[a big PS: sorry I wasn't around to welcome Betty! We did a great interview with her for the Newsletter. If you're not signed up, you missed it, but email me and I'll take care of it!]