Today's quote reminds me of something I say all the time--even to myself: "You make time for what's important to you." Simple, right? The things you act upon are the things that you hold dear/deem important.
I think we are all guilty of falling into the busy trap. I'm sure you know it well. We give most of ourselves to work and in the "between" hours, we find time for TV, sleep and a few social experiences. Pretty soon, we get very choosy with the social experiences and eventually, we're just burned out. Instead of telling people we're tired or admitting to ourselves that we're not doing ALL we could do towards our big dreams, we just put the busy stamp on our lives.
Want to meet for dinner this week? Can't. I'm just so busy (while dreaming of going home, ordering dinner and vegging out in front of the TV).
Sorry I didn't return your call. I was just so busy (screened the call because I wanted to finish my nap).
I should go to the gym but I'm just exhausted from being so busy (read: lazy).
I know I've been on the lazy/busy end of all of these and I've also been the recipient of the busy brush off. It's part of life until (i) you no longer feel bad about just saying no to someone; and (ii) you get your priorities in check.
At some point having life experiences becomes more important than watching someone else's on TV. Not to mention, ummm....DVR. That's where I am now. I'm making time for myself (and de-stressing quite a bit) by exercising. I'm getting my writing (outside of the blog) back on track and I'm actually developing a plan for expanding my family rather than musing about how great it would be to have a baby. Like I said before, you make time for what's important to you. Let go of the stuff that's not.