1. Between the macro anxiety (our country) and the micro (my car got dinged in a parking lot this week), it’s been hard to stay in the present and not spin out about the future or think about how I could have done things differently. So this is a useful quote to revisit–not a Zen saying, but Terry Pratchett:
Wen considered the nature of time and understood that the universe is, instant by instant, recreated anew. Therefore, he understood, there is in truth no past, only a memory of the past. Blink your eyes, and the world you see next did not exist when you closed them. Therefore, he said, the only appropriate state of the mind is surprise. The only appropriate state of the heart is joy. The sky you see now, you have never seen before. The perfect moment is now. Be glad of it.