The stuff comes in the middle of the night and it jumps us in the morning. It slips in during the day, catches us at meetings and even in-between bites at lunch. Then it follows us home.
Emails, calls, ideas, proposals, problems, complaints, news reports, rumors, changes (always changes), interruptions, surprises and planned events, crises, jokes, and reading - more reading than ever.
Along with that come illnesses, accidents, wars, deaths, weddings, failures, graduations, successes, and reunions. All are awash with the creation or revival of memories.
The stuff is not separate from life. It doesn't distract us from life. It is life.