Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
T.S.Eliot, Burnt Norton
Once in a while we pause and seriously reflect on our lives. Meditative and removed from our usual preoccupations we see ourselves as moving through a stream of days and years that have brought us to now. Who we presently are has evolved from a seamless circle of experiences. Some were sheer gift and good luck, others were the result of wise choices, and some were unfortunate blocks to development based in our own poor choices and lack of boundaries. All our experiences, all the people with whom we related, all our successes and failures have shaped us into the person who is now present. All of them move with us into the future. From the past and the present will emerge the not yet of our lives. Circumstances will change, events will occur beyond our control, but the one thing we can control is what we choose to continue to become based in the experiential integrity of what we now are.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Take some time to review your life, its turning points, your present situation, your hopes for the future.
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw
To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.
Yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision;
But today, well lived, makes every yesterday
a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.