“In magic – and in life – there is only the present moment, the now. You can’t measure time the way you measure the distance between two points. ‘Time’ doesn’t pass. We human beings have enormous difficulty in focusing on the present; we’re always thinking about what we did, about how we could have done it better, about the consequences of our actions, and about why we didn’t act as we should have. Or else we think about the future, about what we’re going to do tomorrow, what precautions we should take, what dangers await us around the next corner, how to avoid what we don’t want and how to get what we have always dreamed of.” – from Aleph by Paulo Coelho
This is one of the most true things I’ve ever read. When we’re young we wish to be older. When we’re older, we wish to be young again. We waste our life, wishing our days away. Unsatisfied with “here” and “now” and always praying to God and hoping that surely tomorrow will be better. We don’t enjoy today because we’re too busy thinking about next week, next month.. next year. Or, worse still. We’re stuck thinking about last week, last month… last year. Wondering? What could I have done differently? If I had done “this” instead of “that” would I be in a happier place? A better place? A different place? We don’t enjoy today because we’re worried that tomorrow… is going to be just like today. And the day after that. Until we’ve reached the end of the line. We turn around and realize, holy crap, this is not the road I set out on. Somewhere along the way, the path became muddled, and I lost my way. What is this all for anyway? Who is it all for? There must be more to life than sitting around, pondering the past, contemplating the future, and just being outright miserable in the moment.
– J. Ela