This blog post is taken from my book Golden Nuggets, and it’s my version of “The Busy Man.” It’s by an unknown author, and it goes like this…
If you want to get a favor done by some obliging friend,
If you’re looking for a worker on whom you can depend,
Don’t go to him who always has much leisure time to plan,
If you want to get your favor done, just ask the busy man.
The man with leisure never has a moment he can spare,
He’s always “putting off” until his friends are in despair,
But he whose every waking hour is crowded full of work,
Forgets the art of wasting time, he cannot stop to shirk.
So when you want a favor done, and want it right away,
Go to the man who’s busy, who works throughout the day.
He’ll find a moment somewhere that has no other use,
And he’ll help you, while the idle man… is making an excuse.