Does busy = lazy?
The Titanic. The words can bring many images and ideas to our minds. There are many theories and opinions about why it sank. From the story, we know that the ship received advanced warnings of icebergs. Yet on that disastrous night, when the radio operator received warnings of a nearby ship surrounded by ice, with minutes to go before the accident, he radioed back, “Shut up, shut up, I’m busy.”(1)
From Margaret Wheatley:
Busyness is another form of laziness. As long as we’re working hard, we don’t have to exert any effort to notice whether our work is working, whether it’s leading anywhere good. We don’t have to pay attention to what’s happening, who’s affected, who’s reacting, what the unintended consequences are that clutter the path behind us. We just keep going, busy, thoughtless, ineffective.(2)
What will you choose to pay attention to today?
(1) (p. 142) Macy, J. & Johnstone, C. (2012). Active Hope. New World Library, Novato, CA.
(2) (p. 79) Wheatley, M. J. (2010). Perseverance. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco, CA.