I like Abby. She loves books. She learns Biblical Hebrew in between semesters at Bible College, just because, well, it’s cool. She has her own blog. And she’s just random enough to be a guest haverer. Recently she read Kevin DeYoung’s book Crazy Busy, and sent me her random thoughts on the book. And on baboons. She piqued my interest in the book – I read the introduction (which is all I have time for at the moment). LIKE.
We’ll see about the baboons…
You, Me, Us.
Life is Crazy Busy. It’s fact. Well, if you live in America, it’s a given. What is really all “matter of fact” is our unhealthy obsession with, well… everything.
It used to be that world health was all the rage, then it was clean drinking water, after that environmental decline (these are really in no particular order), then human trafficking and decriminalizing drug use. Now it’s about all of them. At once.
Singular focus is sooo passé.
On an entirely related topic please let me tell you a bit about baboons.
They’re hideously ugly, completely selfish, utterly disgusting creatures. Dr. Robert Sapolsky, whose work I should have read and instead I just watched a documentary about, recently opened my mind to the research possibilities with baboons. By looking at their social habits and measuring the hormones in the blood while the creatures were in different social situations he learned about stress levels and their direct impact on overall health. His discovery? Stress is killing the baboons! And us! Literally shrinking brain cells, clogging arteries, and fattening abdomens (All of this information can be found in “National Geographic: Stress: Portrait of a Killer” now on Netflix).
Contrary to everything just said, stress is not a bad thing. It just needs to be the right kind of stress.
Stress was designed to save our lives. For instance: A zebra feels stress when it is being chased by a lion. Once those five terrifying minutes are over (supposing the zebra escapes) the stress hormones in its blood are then gone. Instead of living with these moments of stress, recent research shows we cling to our stresses constantly. Something as simple and non-threatening as traffic is killing us (again, everything is coming from “National Geographic: Stress: Portrait of a Killer” still on Netflix).
And do you really need the weight of the world resting on your shoulders? If you want you can walk around beating yourself up for not giving more money to the water crisis in 3rd world nations, helping at the homeless shelter, and saving abused girls off the streets all in one evening’s work. Go for it. You’re helping no one and hurting yourself. Great combination.
“Our complexities and our opportunities” (DeYoung, 24) are weighing us down. We do not lack for good causes. We lack focus. This is the key aspects to taking a Crazy Busy life and turning it into a crazy good life. If you want to know more I’d recommend picking up a copy of Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung. Its short and the cover art is phenomenal (which is the only recommend a book needs because for most people that’s as far as their schedules will ever allow them to go.)
“I don’t want to keep up this same pace for the rest of my life. Frankly,
I probably can’t. My life may not be spinning out of control, but it’s probably spinning too fast and a bit wobbly.” ~ Kevin DeYoung
Take and read.
When you get a chance…