Thoughts of the day brought to you by Alan Watts from The Wisdom of Insecurity:
There is no other reality than present reality, so that, even if one were to live for endless ages, to live for the future would be to miss the point everlastingly
If happiness always depends on something expected in the future, we are chasing a will-o’-the-wisp that ever eludes our grasp, until the future, and ourselves, vanish into the abyss of death
They are our beliefs, our cherished preconceptions of the truth, which block the unreserved opening of the mind and heart to reality
If we are to have intense pleasures, we must also be liable to intense pains.
The further the power of consciousness ventures out into experience, the more is the price it must pay for its knowledge
If my happiness at this moment consists largely in reviewing happy memories and expectations, I am but dimly aware of this present. I shall still be dimly aware of the present when the good things that I have been expecting come to pass. For I shall have formed a habit of looking behind and ahead, making it difficult for me to attend to the here and now. If then, my awareness of the past and future makes me less aware of the present, I must begin to wonder whether I am actually living in the real world
Thus to plan for a future which is not going to become present is hardly more absurd than to plan for a future which, when it comes to me, will find me “absent”, looking fixedly over its shoulder instead of into its face