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Thoughts: My Present State of Mind


“I’m alive!” he said to the boy, as they ate a bunch of dates one night, with no fires and no moon. “When I’m eating, that’s all I think about. If I’m on a march, I just concentrate on marching. If I have to fight, it will just be a good day to die as any other. Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and that tribesmen fight because they are part of the human race. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we are living right now.” He still had a long way to go to reach the pyramids and someday this morning would just be a memory. But this was the present moment—the party the camel driver had mentioned– and he wanted to live it as he did the lessons of the past and his dreams of the future.
– The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

Sometimes the longing for the comfort of yesterday and the yearning for the excitement of tomorrow drown out the possibilities of today. To revel in the present moment–this is something I’m trying hard to master these days.
–Jennifer Yap Caspe, Feb. 23, 2005
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3 Comments

  1. hello… i was wondering how you started being a journalist… cos i want to be one someday, taking aside my other interests 🙂 hope you could give me pieces of advice or something… im an undergrad at ateneo. but i stopped cos i abhor my course… so im currently a bummber. hehehe… please write me back if you may. have a great day! ;]

  2. hi jen! this is my first time to post a comment in your blog ^_^ you write excellently and i’m encouraged with your sincerity in your messages. thank you so much and keep it up! you are truly excellent in God’s eyes. love you girl! *mwah*

  3. …so howz your personal legend coming along?

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