Living in the present

4 Feb

Living in the present rather than remembering the good old days or thinking, planning and scheming for things to come is very hard for me. I am a reflector but also a strategist which doesn’t leave much room for the here and now. I have been thinking about this recently and on a retreat day last week I read this quote by Thomas Merton.

“The only essential is not an idea or an ideal: it is God himself, who cannot be found by weighing the present against the future or the past but only by sinking into the heart of the present as it is.”

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