Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Stories we Tell
Oh I completely meant to call you. I'm so sorry I didn't get back.
I've been so busy.
If it makes you feel any better, I literally have 600 unread e-mails in my inbox.
I just haven't been able to get back before now.
We've heard this conversation before. Heck, we've even said this conversation before. There is another version of it that I frequently hear at business dinners.
I flew 274 days last year.
Yes, I have lifetime platinum status.
I'm never quite sure which time zone I'm in.
It occurs to me that the danger in these common stories is that it makes busy-ness a badge of honor. As if our worth is captured by the amount of e-mails we receive or the amount of miles we travel. The truth is that we only tell these stories as a way to define ourselves. It is rarely relevant to the person we tell it to.
So why don't we just stop.
And change the dialogue.