Whenever people say to me "I know you're busy, but..." I hear two things, both of which worry me a bit. The first is their perception that I'm too busy on other stuff to be able to pay proper attention to them. The other is the still small voice that reminds me that who I am is worth infinitely more than what I do.
In "Contemplative Youth Ministry" Mark Yaconelli writes,
Jesus seemed to be a person deeply concerned with the small picture. He seemed content to receive the people and situations directly in front of him. He seemed satisfied that trusting God and others in the present moment was enough to communicate the reality of God's life.
I know this, I aspire to live like this, but sometimes it's easier just to do lots of stuff. I'll know that I'm getting there if I hear fewer people saying, "I know you're busy, but..."