Time is such an interesting idea. Eckhart Tolle adds: “Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time–past and future–the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is."
It’s interesting how he defines time as past and future, and if I think about that statement in that way, it makes perfect sense. But, what is even more fascinating is that we are always living in the now because that is all there is. We may be having thoughts from the past, or thoughts of something or someone from the past, that which has already been but is not this moment, and in reality, these thoughts are happening right now. We cannot go into the past. We can only access memories. And, memories then become the now. Except as we think of the memories, we may be missing what is happening at this moment.
I can remember certain scenes from childhood that are as vivid as if they were this morning. Then buying my first car, getting my first real job, driving dump trucks, working on cars and trucks in the Air Force, getting into a career in the auto business, becoming a sales manager, buying our first home, and a few thousand other wonderful memories. They too seem to have been only a few nanoseconds ago.
Then in the juxtaposition of that, or maybe completely and delightfully in harmony with that, depending on your point of view, I become aware of what a beautiful day it is, how the breeze feels so nice, hearing the birds chirping, and feeling how good I am feeling. My thought was, this, right here, right now, is sheer perfection. There is peace, love, harmony, atmospheric delight (lovely weather), and here was the most important thought, and it is one that really got my attention. I said silently to myself, “there is absolutely nowhere else I would rather be than right here, right now."
I think the reason that thought made such an impact on me is that for so much of my life, I was always wishing or wanting to be somewhere I wasn’t. Or, at least it seemed that way. But, today, I was completely and totally focused on the moment and realizing–mildly astonished, actually–that there was not one place on planet Earth I would rather be than right here.