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Monday, March 9, 2015

When Does the Present Disappear?

I plan to post here on Lifelines every Monday. I hope you find this blog inspiring and entertaining, perhaps finding a nugget of wisdom to help you in days to come. In the right sidebar you can sign up to follow the blog and never miss when a new post goes up. Also in the right sidebar you can join my mailing list and receive my newsletter, which has a book giveaway in each issue.

"We live in a moment of history . . . that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing."—R.D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist (1927-1989)

I’ve heard discussion about time moving slow for young people while moving fast for adults. I have observed that. For example, the school year for our children goes by so slow they think it will never end. That same school year for us parents seems to fly by and is gone before you know it.

I can still remember the heightened excitement and expectation of seeing our world move into the twenty-first century. Many will forever remember where they were when the year 2000 rolled into being. Now it’s fifteen years later and the years in between seem to have sped by.

It’s hard to believe we’re already three months into 2015. Where have the years gone? And how did they fly by so fast? Is it true what the psychiatrist said above—we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing? Today is yesterday’s tomorrow and today is tomorrow’s past, so perhaps the quotation above is true.

Our todays are just that—today. Only twenty-four hours. One cycle of light and dark and today is gone. We don’t get any do-overs so let’s do our best with every day we have.

I’ll leave you with the apt words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with old nonsense."


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