American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a husband of two wives whose lives ended tragically. In his recovery, he wrote “A Psalm of Life,” urging his readers to live fully now. Not in any future or in the romantic or tragic past.
Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead
Act, – act in the living present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!
Even though Henry was not able to see his life as an unending physical and spiritual state, he fought to make each moment timeless. We can do the same today.
And with our present day technologies and personal attention to health, we can live to 150. And when we are 150, the next technologies will allow us to live to 300, by which time, we will have figured out the problem of aging. Death will be an actual choice we can avoid.
Until then, we live fully now, acting in the living present, heart within and God o’erhead.