See how easy it is for us to be entranced by something other than Superstorm Sandy, if it also has elements of struggle, danger, near-death, and, hopefully redemption. This is a clip from a 1988 film, The Bear. I dare you not to feel your heart in your throat all the way through . . . And notice, when it’s done, how your attention was completely diverted from the storm to the bear.
Let us pay attention to where we place our attention. And let us learn how to focus attention at will — our own will, not that of another who is trying, and usually succeeding, to manipulate us. How do we do this, by waking up, moment by moment, over and over again, day by day.