468. stop and smell the sunflowers

the guru had to publish a kōan before midnight. he rushed through the halls of his school to his printer when he passed the tortoise, who saw his hurry and said, “guru, why are you hurrying? you should just take a deep breath and relax and enjoy the lettuce, for every bite happens only once, and if you don’t pay attention, you’ll miss it.”

the guru had not stopped to listen.