What we pay attention to defines us

This is a scary thought.

And a question we need to learn to live with, not as shackles but as a key to unlocking possibilities.

Because what we pay attention to does define us.

It shapes who we are and what we do with what we have.

And it goes hand in hand with our relationship with time.

Because we are the leading players in the story of our life, whether we take this role actively or not.


Perhaps we are looking for courage
in all the wrong places –
relying too much
upon our imagined strength,
leaning too hard
upon the actions of others,
waiting too longingly for fate
to chance its arm.

Where, then, do we find it?

Look here. Spring approaches
and the geese are on the move.
I see them now, high above,
wings beating to the rhythm of life.

I do not know where they are going,
but they do. They are certain of it.

+ Gideon Heugh, from Rumours of Light, 2021