“We are never so wise as when we live in this moment.”
Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi did not live to enter his fourth decade. Instead he let his words carry his thoughts forward into the years ahead.
“When Breath Becomes Air” resonates deep within our subconscious, for it reminds us that we are finite creatures that have been given an uncertain time frame. We are born into an existence that gives us limited knowledge of the future and faint understanding of our memories of the past.. We are given the present, with each intake and exhale of breath.
Life gives us moments. It is a gift that I accept with gratitude and hope. It is easy to slip into remembering the past or worrying about future events that may or may not become a reality.
As Paul Kalanithi reminds us, “We are never so wise as when we live in this moment.”