If you are very busy, swamped with work, the downside may be that you don't have time to think in depth and see the big picture. If you have time to think, the downside may be that you lose the income, insights, and status that come with being busy. If you have significant power and are in the arena, you will be beset by responsibilities and yet may not have the time or perspective to generate innovative ideas. If you have the type of ideas created by distance from the arena, you probably don't have the power to enact those ideas. Even the best of events will have downsides and yet not every downside will have an upside. Some events are just terrible.
When to engage, when to suspend, and when to step back not only determine what we do; they also determine how we think.