Anecdotes of the Honseki Izo Iburi 43

43. “It Is Wonderful That You Are Busy”

Once, when Shobei Masuno was heard saying, “I’m so busy; so very busy,” the Honseki called for him from a nearby room.

He said: “Masuno-san, it is wonderful that you are busy. How would you feel if you had so much spare time that you were busy with finding something to do?”

(From Ten no jogi p. 142)

*Note: This post has been revised since its original publication.


I know there is the maxim that says there’s no rest for the wicked, but I’m more partisan to the Honseki’s outlook that it is a blessing to be busy.