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One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interest.
-- John Stewart Mill


Friday, August 9, 1996

The time is now

Imagine for a moment that time is an illusion, and you have touched eternity.

Time is an extremely useful tool that we have devised in order to explain and to organize the world around us. But it is only a tool. It does not define us. Our essence transcends the limiting concept of time.

If we allow ourselves to be defined by time, then we get bogged down by anger or resentment about the past, anxiety and worry about the future, and the limitations imposed by how “old” or “young” we are.

Now is the only thing we have. In that sense, there really is no such thing as time. The past and the future, while useful concepts, do not currently exist. When we become too dependent upon the past or the future, we deny ourselves the joy of the now. When we ignore the now, it escapes and does not return.

Life must be lived now. You simply cannot be successful by doing things in the future. Plan for the future, yes, but live in the present. And no matter how great your accomplishments have been in the past, it is only by continuing to grow and seek new challenges that you remain full of life.

Treasure the past, welcome the future, and live your life in the precious moment that is now.

— Ralph Marston

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