Busyness (wisdom stories)

Satan’s convention

Satan called a worldwide convention of demons.

In his opening address he said, “We can’t keep people from going to pray. We can’t keep them from reading their holy books and knowing the truth. We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their divinity. Once they gain that connection with what is finest in them, our power over them is broken. So let them go to their prayers; let them have what they want, BUT steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop any spiritual awareness.”

“This is what I want you to do,” said the devil: “Distract them from gaining any true happiness throughout their dayl”

“How shall we do this?” his demons shouted.

“Keep them busy in the non-essentials in life and saturate them in anxiety, stress and worries about things that will never really happen,” he answered.

“Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow. Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work six or seven days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children. Give them multiple distractions to prevent them from teaching their children the real meaning of life. Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Have them return from their recreation exhausted.

Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on anything of true value. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead. As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work! Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear their inner calling to live a life of distinction.

Entice them to play the radio or music system whenever they drive; to keep the TV and their PCs going constantly in their home; and entangle them in their I-Pods, I-Pads and “I-Fads”; also see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays mindless songs constantly. This will jam their their union with their spirit.

Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day. lnvade their driving moments with billboards that root them in insatiable desires. Flood their mailboxes with mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hopes. Keep beautiful models ln magazines and on TV so people believe that outward beauty is important, and they’ll become dissatisfied with themselves.

Keep them busy, busy, busy! And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences. Crowd their lives with so many good causes that they have no time to seek solace from within and this will sap the life out of them.”

The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing people everywhere to get busier, more rushed, fearful and distracted, going here and there yet ultimately nowhere significant. Having little time for discovering their innate joy or learning how to cherish their families or to give their best performance at work, people in the millions began to feel ill on every level of their being. Being ill millions live dull and restless lives in which a vibrant and meaningful life is completely unknown to them.

Are you among the busy, rushed, fearful and diskacted? How stable is your happiness? And how much joy do you bring to others?

Do you know that being “BUSY” could possibly mean: B-eing U-nder S-atan’s Y-oke?