Have you ever noticed yourself counting the time leading up to an important moment in your life -- the years before a bar mitzvah or golden celebration, the months before a new baby is born, the weeks before a wedding or graduation or even the days before a special birthday?
As you think about your day, how many different instances can you think of when someone -- your spouse or significant other, children, a parent, colleagues, an employee or employer, friends, relatives -- wanted or needed your attention. Perhaps one at a time; perhaps all at once. Yet, in how many of those moments was it difficult to feel completely focused on the moment?
From a very young age, I learned to defend myself against the teasing and taunting of any one of my six siblings with the same defense as so many of us: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me!"