There is a famous short story by Leo Tolstoy called “Three Questions”
In this tale, a king sets out to discover the answer to three pressing questions:
What is the most important action?
Who is the most important person?
When is the most important time?
After deflecting suggestions from the wisest men in the kingdom, the king sought answers from a certain wise hermit who lived in the woods.
After an enigmatic exchange with the hermit and a surprising encounter with an assassin, the king finally learned the answers to his questions.
“…Remember then: there is only one time that is important — Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. The most necessary man is he with whom you are, for no man knows whether he will ever have dealings with any one else: and the most important affair is, to do him good, because for that purpose alone was man sent into this life!”
I find the lesson so centering and instructive on how to enjoy my life.
The most important action is whatever you are doing.
The most important person is the one you are with.
The most important time is now.
This enables me to ignore my phone when I am reading with my children or teaching a class. It helps me keep my focus when I pray or start to do too many things at once. It allows me to connect with friends and family in a real way. It helps me seize each day when I live it right or regret my actions of I did not do enough.
Let’s all try to live in each moment, love the one we are with and find purpose in every moment.
Let’s live life and not allow life to live us.