“I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work, and my friends. I shall no longer look at the NewsHour every night. I shall no longer pay any attention to politics or arguments about global warming.
“This is not indifference but detachment—I still care deeply about the Middle East, about global warming, about growing inequality, but these are no longer my business; they belong to the future. I rejoice when I meet gifted young people—even the one who biopsied and diagnosed my metastases. I feel the future is in good hands.”
What do we choose to do with our time—chronos (sequential time) and kairos (spiritual—the opportune or supreme moment)? Sacks wrote this after being diagnosed with cancer. I am healthy, but the message speaks to me.