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Introduction: The Problem of Busyness
I agreed to write this book almost a year ago. Gibbs Smith and I had met during a five-day workshop on the topic of time and busyness at Tassajara Hot Springs, a Zen Buddhist retreat center in Big Sur. I co-facilitated the workshop, "The One Who Is Not Busy," with Basya Petnick and Rabbi Helen Cohn. Gibbs was quite taken with the notion of "simultaneous inclusion," that a worker could be both "busy" and "not busy" at the same time. "Is that enlightenment?" he asked me once after a delicious breakfast prepared by the monks at Tassajara and eaten in a charmingly rustic dining room. "Gibbs," I replied, blissfully stuffed with buckwheat pancakes and maple syrup, "if you've got simultaneous inclusion, you don't need enlightenment."