“To the very young child any block of time seems infinite. Tell her that supper will be ready in three minutes: desperate wailing will signal her conviction that you have sentenced her to starvation. Tell her to hurry because time is running out, and she will not know what you are talking about. How can infinity run out? Only two units of time exist for the small child: the now and the not-now. The not-now is infinity.”
Gabor Maté, Scattered Minds
I’m rather fond of this concept, and have included the more of the passage for context. In the course of my personal research on mental wellness, I’ve been exploring Maté’s writings, and appreciate the beauty, simplicity, and depth of: the now, and the not-now. I honour my present, and take joy in all.