Excellence in any field requires concentration, discipline, rigor, clarity of thought and a lot of practice. It also requires the capacity to be in the present.

The modern world does not encourage such an engagement; it offers snippets of temporary diversion: a momentary buzz, constantly renewed: a fragmentation of information. Consumption rather than contemplation. Industrialized, standardized, automated products replace craftsmanship and quality. Ideas of advertising replace real experience.

Excellence requires the openness of acceptance rather than the restriction of judgment: being here and now and aware rather than the distraction of multi-tasking.

Our minds are so bombarded with information and stimuli that we are caught in the instant of evaluation, unable to sink into the moment.

Our children are born into this world of overload: it is their reality. How do we bring them back to a slower, more considered reflection without seeming old and boring?

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