The speed of life

Life moves imperceptibly slowly when you’re watching closely.

And impossibly fast when you look away.

This is partly why true suffering seems interminable. Because true suffering demands attention, and the act of paying attention slows things down.

Those of us not beset by true suffering in our daily lives can count ourselves fortunate.

Not just because of the absence of the deep pain of suffering, but because we are free to focus our attention on a countless list of things.

First choosing what’s truly important, and second focusing our attention there every moment we have the opportunity to do so, is a ticket to a life of purpose and fulfilment and happiness.

Simple, but not easy. (Choosing what’s truly important is beyond many of us. Focusing our attention there is beyond many more.)