Be awake, and be attentive. Be fully present where you are—wakefulness, watchfulness, attentiveness.Fr. Thomas Hopko
This is a greatly important Maxim. I think one of the most important. We often live in the past or the future. Rarely in the moment.
I am currently reading a book called “Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life” by Nicole M. Roccas. It is by far one of the best books I have ever read in my life. I hope to talk about this book a whole lot more in the weeks to come. One chapter is called, “What is the Present Moment?” Her last 2 sentences of this chapter say,
We become so focused on getting to the next big thing that we overlook the time we are given to actually be where we’re supposed to be on this earthly journey. If we cannot learn to dwell in the seeming emptiness of the present, we will never encounter its fullness.Nicole M. Roccas
This is what I believe Fr. Thomas Hopko would say as well.
Let us learn to live in the moment…today.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.Matthew 6:33-34