Living well does require staying present

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." -Annie Dillard in The Writing Life

"There is only one world, the world pressing against you at this minute. There is only one minute in which you are alive, this minute here and now. The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle." -Storm Jameson 

"Living in the future creates an illusion that we are managing our life." -Tara Brach in Radical Acceptance

“Relaxing with the present moment, relaxing with hopelessness, relaxing with death, not resisting the fact that things end, that things pass, that things have no lasting substance, that everything is changing all the time—that is the basic message.” -Pema Chodron in When Things Fall Apart

"'My, how foolish I am!' my friend cries, suddenly alert, like a women remembering too late she has biscuits in the oven. 'You know what I've always thought?' she asks in a tone of discovery, and not smiling at me but at a point beyond. 'I've always thought a body would have to be sick and dying before they saw the Lord. And I imagined when He came it would be like looking at the Baptist window: pretty as colored glass with the sun pouring through, such a shine you don't know it's getting dark. And it's been a comfort: to think of that shine taking away all the spooky feeling. But I'll wager it never happens. I'll wager at the very end a body realizes the Lord has already shown Himself. That things as they are'--her hand circles in a gesture that gathers clouds and kites and grass and Queenie pawing earth over her bone--'just what they've always seen, was seeing Him. As for me, I could leave the world with today in my eyes.'" -Ms. Sook to Buddy in Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory


"This is Water" speech given by David Foster Wallace to Kenyon College's 2005 graduating class. Wallace encourages graduates to step out of their default settings, and begin their life's education that starts and ends with "simple awareness."