Today is today is today — by Wolfgang in Belgium

Live the moment – was a book title, which stood out yesterday as I looked through my bookshelf. Live the moment – the last thing I miss. 

As nice as I found it at the beginning – the canceled appointments, the daily hamster wheel at standstill – I now wish that things will change soon again; that it will soon be as normal as possible again – whatever “normal” means.

And I’m just as certain that as soon as everything starts again, the thought creeps in that it was really nice, e.g. not to have evening appointments or to spend the day at my own and not my calendar’s pace.

No, as much as this book asks for it: I don’t live in the moment – I always live in the near future.

I am sure most of us feel similarly, even if the reasons why we long for an end of the measures are very different. Nevertheless, for the vast majority, this holds true: living in the moment? Certainly not.

It seems to me that we usually use this phrase as a kind of wisdom that lends itself to the beautiful moments in life: the view from a crested mountain, the reunion with a loved one or the birth of a child.

“And blow after blow! At the moment I will say: linger! you are so pretty!” – as Goethe writes in Faust. 

For certain other moments, however, this should not apply – and so we always long for tomorrow.

Then, everything is different, then, yes then….

Then what?

Is everything really different then?

Does the world look much better then?

There may be a moment of relief, but we all suspect that there will be other problems that will make me hope for the future.

The Roman emperor and poet, Marc Aurel, put it this way: “Perform every deed of your life as if it were your last.”

The moment, being the only thing that counts. You can no longer change the past and rarely reliably plan the future, as the present painfully shows us.

Marc Aurel was influenced by the Stoa and tried to live accordingly. Behind this school of thinking is the idea that every event is causally connected and that we are controlled by our fate. We cannot change it, we can only accept it. Come what may. 

It is said that Emperor Marc Aurel fell ill with the plague and lay on the sick bed in peace to face death.

“Live the moment” – the only point in time you can actually control.

Christians can give fate a name: God of Jesus Christ.

To place ourselves in his hands trusting all will eventually be good, as believers do it: live the moment – because it is embraced by Christ. 

Wolfgang, 59, Belgium