Though there are some significant differences, I am reminded of the days when I lived off the grid in the early 70's. It was a time when life felt more immediate and our living was far more about being in the present than about planing for what's to come. I was 24+/- then and floundering around with what to do with the rest of my life; knowing that what I wanted to do and what I actually might succeed at were somewhat at odds. I also was in my first live-in relationship and this made the future loom more dramatically than when I was merely fending for myself. Currently I am in what feels like the surreal position of planning for a time when I will once again not have to plan: retirement.
Now, it is essential to plan for this and for that: to make enough money to pay the bills and such. It is a shame, however, that so much of our living is removed from the present by all the on-going responsibilities we create to support our lives.
One of the reasons I have become more enamored with deepening my connection with my more spiritual side is a response to this hard-to-avoid battle with the responsibilities that loom over me. Because there is one thing that I know for sure: when I feel a deep connection with a truly peaceful place in my life, I am also fully in the present moment.
Now, I don't have any idea what God is past those moments in which I feel my own peaceful state of mind, which is somewhat of a selfish point of view, I guess. I do know, however, that such a state of mind ONLY exists in the present. It can not be planned for. We can not save-up for it. We can only experience it right now.
So why wait?