In a blog post Dave Snowden used the following quote from Seneca to make a point about complexity and how our actions ought to be guided.
The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.
This made me think. I’ve always acknowledged that I spend much of my time “in the future”, usually making plans or thinking about what might be. I don’t do well living in the now. But Seneca makes a good point about the difference between the two. We have only the now in which to act. Tomorrow never comes. But I still think that fortune favours the prepared mind, if that’s the accurate quote, and being prepared means having some regard at least to the future.