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Living in the Past

Margaret Storm Jameson, the English author, once expressed the view that we all spend too much time living in the past, feeling regret for lost joys or shame for things badly done. Even when our minds turn to the future, she said, we spend an inordinate amount of time longing for it or dreading it. “The only way to live,” she said, “is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle … Work at your work. Play at your play. Shed your tears. Enjoy your laughter. Now is the time of your life.”

Bits and Pieces, July, 1991