To me, being busy is something of a mixed blessing: I don’t particularly enjoy being rushed off my feet, but certainly prefer it to having nothing to do!
In a book that I was browing recently, the writer – a zen monk – explained that the Chinese character “忙”, which is used in Japanese words to convey the concept of restlessness or business, comprises two component parts: “忄” (mind) and “亡” (loss). To be “busy” (specifically, in the sense of feeling that you are busy), then, is to stop being mindful of your surroundings.
According to this writer, it is important retain a clear mind in the midst of business, and not to get swept up by that business.
We all know how easy it is to make mistakes when we are busy. It would appear that the key is to stay alert and attentive to the job at hand, and not to allow feelings of pressure to distract us from our work. Sounds easy enough in theory…