The present

"We want a whole race perpetually in pursuit of the rainbow's end, never honest, nor kind, nor happy now, but always using as mere fuel wherewith to heap the altar of the future every real gift which is offered in the Present."

Learn from the past, live in the present, plan for the future...but live in the present.

Where will I be next year? In five years? Will I have a job? A family? These are the kind of thoughts that, if taken too seriously or too far, can distract me from "the present voice of conscience, bearing the present cross, receiving the present grace, giving thanks for the present pleasure."

We often fear to live in the present. The words "eat, drink, and be merry" make us nervous about feeling too comfortable enjoying the pleasures (and pains) of now. Upon further pondering, it seems to me that enjoying the now is exactly what we should be doing. While the idea of eating, drinking, and being merry carries negative connotations, let us not be so caught up in the future or so bogged down in the past that we fail to be in the present. Men indeed are, that they might have joy, and joy, as it turns out, is something that we experience only in the present.

My friends always tease me for being obsessed with stopping to smell the roses. I get this from my mom, and I consider it quite a blessing. But I am just now beginning to understand why.

"For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity. Of the present moment, and of it only, humans have an experience analogous to the experience which [God] has of reality as a whole; in it alone freedom and actuality are offered to them."

Quotes taken from chapter 15 of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

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