Staring at the sun

‘Memento Mori’: a reminder of something so easily forgotten, that one day each of us will die.

Staring into the inevitability of our end with courage and clarity can be like looking into the brightness of the sun – almost unbearable. But having the courage to look again and again can bring us fully, searingly, vibrantly to life. And it can teach us much about what’s actually important.

That project that’s strayed from the plan, the hundreds of emails in your inbox, the irritation you feel at someone who didn’t do exactly what you expected; all look different in this light.

Perhaps what seemed so unquestionably central wasn’t that significant, after all.