This is an excuse, used to prioritize in a negative way. If someone who someone regards as really important approaches, the crazy busy person stops what they are doing. I have seen this happen. It also has something to do with an inflated sense of self-importance – importance as in “I can’t give you my undivided attention because I am crazy busy.”
One defining characteristic of crazy busy is the sense that one is overwhelmed. And a defining characteristic of overwhelmed is the erroneous belief that one will never catch up on what it is they are doing. I have a great deal to do but have not felt overwhelmed in some time. I have in the past. I do at times feel despondent because I am not getting much writing done. But feeling despondent and feeling overwhelmed are two different things.
Bones for Life – today it went okay. Teaching does not come easy to me. I have a hard time being observed. And the teacher is very exacting, so much so that I don’t stand a chance in hell of getting things right the first time. I know this to be true. I have learned this by experience. It’s Culhane’s law – the more the teacher knows, the more the teacher expects the student to know.
After class Pete and I returned to Palmer and went to a barbecue put on by Sarah, the woman who organized the horse scent clinic. Had a good time talking horses – tried to get the instructor to be specific in talking about horses and how he trains them. I discovered that he has holes in his knowledge – in talking about positive and negative reinforcement, he does not know what negative reinforcement is. And all he could say about obstacle training was that horses must learn to move in a lateral direction. I asked him how he taught this and he said he used a spur. Say if the obstacle is on the right side, and he wants the horse to move closer, he uses the left spur. I did not say what I was thinking, which was that this was not my way of doing things. Instead, I just kept asking questions. I could have but I did not ask him questions to which he had no answer because this would have been like handing him a shovel and asking him to dig his own grave. This, like spurring a horse, would be unfair.
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