Ask ten people how they are doing these days and almost all will answer “busy” before quickly adding, “busy, but good.” You’ll both chuckle for a moment and then someone will say, “it’s better than the alternative,” and a little more chuckling and head nodding will follow.
Beyond the fact that you’ve defined your quality of life by your calendar, you’ve also admitted that your life is totally out of control. You no longer determine what you’ll prioritize or how you will spend your time and energy; someone else does and you’re just along for the ride.
If your hectic schedule really involves doing great things that matter and you are feeling good about your life, then tell people about something awesome. If you find yourself stuck looking for a word other than “busy,” it’s time to take a look at the choices that keep you there.