Every day is a gift... that is why they call it the present.

The last half of this quotation is one of many additions that follow the first half. These few words hold some common themes in this book and much spiritual writing. It speaks of the call to be present in the moment. It speaks of the centrality of gratitude. And the phrase ties these two concepts together with only five words.

Psalm 118:24
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

The Psalmist uses fifteen words to say what the “bumper sticker version” accomplishes in five. The only difference is the explicit acknowledgement that God creates the day. Living each day rejoicing in the day is an enviable habit, and those who have it are usually very attractive to others. It is also a life unmarred by fear of potential death and decay. It is, however, a thought that comes more easily to those who live in protected privilege than those whose days are marked by isolation, exploitation and marginalization.

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