Attention

Mr Einhardt is on stage preaching to a crowd. A live telecast of him is broadcasting on the screen. He has a terrible itch in his groin. And he agonizes over to scratch or not to scratch.

The more he thinks about it, the more it itches. The more it itches, the more he thinks about it.

The audience is frowning. They don’t know what he’s talking about.

Struggle

Steve is in the office. He is in pain and suffering.

Bumped in the chest an hour ago by a rude passer-by, the incident disturbed and angered him so much that he kept revisiting that split-second experience in his mind.

His chest doesn’t hurt. He suffers from a headache.

Tired

When Linda heard that her 5 year-old son got into a fight again at the childcare centre, one part of her wanted to shake him and yell, “What is your problem!?” Another part of her wanted to hug him and say, “I will protect you!”

Linda did neither. She brought her son home, left him to the maid, plonked onto the bed and slept through the whole afternoon.