“Then” can be tricky too. It can be “then and now” or “now and then”. The book of one’s life is held together by these two “then” bookends. One bookend is the first breath celebrated every birthday. The other bookend is the last breath mourned as death.
These two bookends that bind our lives hold many memories, innumerable moments, and much potential. The remainder of this post is my attempt to challenge us to make the most of the potential of the present moment.
- In this moment we may wish for what we do not have.
- In this moment we may believe that our wishes may be granted.
- In this moment we may imagine that what we wish for can be realized.
- In this moment we may act as though our imaginations were real.
- In this moment we may take a leap of faith.
My daughter has informed the family that she and her husband have just taken a leap of faith (her words) by signing certain papers. “Awesome” was the family response, for in that moment we were filled with admiration and respect for them. Their leap implies courage, willingness to risk and engage in moments of future negotiation, more planning, and work, and sometimes go with the flow
It is ok to wish, believe, imagine, plan and risk, or to wait and ponder in the now moments that face us. We elders say that we hope to live as long as we live. Then will come the moment beyond which we cannot know; we will go with an unknown flow . . .
Now is an action
that becomes mere memory
shrouded by unknowns.