The Business of Minding Our Business


As I was finishing up some errands, I weaved through the parking lot in route to my vehicle when I passed a car with a note on the windshield. For a split second, I found myself looking towards the note as if to see if I could read what the gist of it entailed.  Had someone hit their car? Perhaps a friend saying "Hi!"? Was someone mad about their parking? Then it hit me. That wasn't my car, nor my note, therefore none of my business. I summoned myself back to my world and continued on my way.

I wouldn't characterize myself as a nosy person but there have definitely been times I've given into nosy tendencies.  Maybe you can relate and find yourself wondering about issues involving co-workers, friends, family, and even strangers that have no bearing on your ability to function throughout the day.

These temptations have heightened with society encouraging the nosy bug. Reality TV showcases a person's inside routine from waking up to turning off the lights at night. There are blogs that contain every detail of a family's vacation.  Social media statuses let you know when someone is out to eat, watching a certain movie, or recently became single. The open (and often excess) flow of information has left us feeling entitled to "know" these things.

Let's reel it back to reality a bit.  Minding our business is a full-time job.  We've got enough on our own plate to improve, settle, and accomplish to keep us occupied for life.  Consider yourself worrying about someone else's business comparable to taking on a free PT job in addition to your FT job.  It's extra work and you don't get compensated for the time you spend on it. Kind of a waste, huh?

Spend time in your own garden. You'll cultivate more and catch problematic issues before they reap havoc. Peeping over the fence will never help your things grow faster.  

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