I often quote Ram Dass who advised us all in 1971 to Be Here Now. It's a straightforward philosophy, in spite of the fact that it's not so easily executed.
For the last few weeks of summer, I give you an updated version of the same notion from one of America's greatest poets, Wendell Berry.
BY WENDELL BERRY
Once there was a man who filmed his vacation.
He went flying down the river in his boat
with his video camera to his eye, making
a moving picture of the moving river
upon which his sleek boat moved swiftly
toward the end of his vacation. He showed
his vacation to his camera, which pictured it,
preserving it forever: the river, the trees,
the sky, the light, the bow of his rushing boat
behind which he stood with his camera
preserving his vacation even as he was having it
so that after he had had it he would still
have it. It would be there. With a flick
of a switch, there it would be. But he
would not be in it. He would never be in it.
It occurs to me that I've already given you this poem earlier this year. If so, I can only say this might be a good time to re-read it. Good is good. You have a few weeks left of summer. Be there. Don't waste a minute of your life.