The Proper Use of Time

Be here now,
Observe the past
Create the future.
Only these are needed.
Only these are possible.

I can't be in the past or future,
observe the present or future,
affect the present or past.

I must observe the past,
with its mistakes and victories,
to create a believable fantasy
of an enjoyable future.
When I begin to fail at this,
my enjoyable present will begin to come to an end.

("Present" defined as the time between my last perception and my next action, on whatever time scale, including perception of thought, and thought as action if you like. Is there a better definition?)

(Poetry of first lines improved by Rev. Richard Boeke, First Unitarian Church of Berkeley, and used in a service there.)


Send me your thoughts.
Dan Robinson, danrob@efn.org, Eugene, Oregon
My home page: http://www.efn.org/~danrob/