What are you so busy doing and does it matter?

… I saw this quote and really liked it. I thought, “Hey, I’ll post this today.”

But then I got to thinking, “What do I really know about ants?”


Then I read the quote again and thought Thoreau might have not done the common ant justice. In fact he sounds a little condescending, doesn’t he?

Actually, all of the insect kingdom has a purpose for their busyness, unlike the human race. They do what they do for survival. We do it because we’ve filled our life with too much that doesn’t matter.

We have an over abudance of “stuff” so we have to spend inordinate amounts of time organizing it and storing it.

Hmm, think that would be a very good post.

You can read about ants here.

Hey, maybe this is a idea for this next year.

I’m wanting to expand my knowledge this year in various areas. Maybe a post once a week about an animal, insect, bird, reptile. We’d both learn. 🙂

So here’s the quote and it does cause us to think even if it is mean to ants.

 “It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”

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  1. I’ve managed to make my life simpler, without so much busyness. I did rid myself of some of my “stuff” when I moved last month, and most of the other “stuff” just sits around collecting dust – myself included. 🙂

    • I’m not. But I’m glad I’m open to learning. The teachings of Jesus very often are in agreement with other religions. I think it is short-sighted of Christians not to recognize this. I believe Jesus often points to truths in the physical world as having implications for us. Lilies, ants, lions….can provide us with much inspiration. Thanks for commenting.