Only That Day Dawns

 ... any moment in which we're not aware, any moment in which we're not attentive, is lost. You quote Thoreau in Walden, "Only that day dawns to which we are awake."

Only that day dawns to which we are awake. It's the third-to-last line in the book of Walden. This is a realization that he had in the 1840s in Concord, which we might think of as idyllic. He was describing the residents of Concord, and the farmers, as living lives of quiet desperation. So it’s not just e-mail and the Internet carrying us away from ourselves.

It's the human condition.

It’s the human condition. 

- from Present to Life, Moment by Moment, a conversation between Krista Tippett and John Kabat-Zinn, On Being