Start…When?

The struggle with when to start is a trick question that puts us at odds with what we all know but often forget. We can say we are going to start this or that today or tomorrow, but the only time to start is the “now” or the “moment of now.” We have become so adept at measuring, calendaring, scheduling and arranging the passage and projection of future moments, we’ve mostly forgotten that a moment is a slice of time in which all of life happens or not. It’s here and gone before we know it, forever etched into the time we call “yesterday” or projected as a time not yet here we call “tomorrow.”

Frederick Buechner in his passage titled “Today” says it this way:

It is a moment of light surrounded on all sides by darkness and oblivion. In the entire history of the universe, let alone in your own history, there has never been another just like it and there will never be another just like it again. It is the point to which all your yesterdays have been leading since the hour of your birth. It is the point from which all your tomorrows will proceed until the hour of your death. If you were aware of how precious it is, you could hardly live through it. Unless you are aware of how precious it is, you can hardly be said to be living at all.

”This is the day which the Lord has made,” says the 118th Psalm. “Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Or weep and be sad in it for that matter. The point is to see it for what it is because it will be gone before you know it. If you waste it, it is your life that you’re wasting. If you look the other way, it may be the moment you’ve been waiting for always that you’re missing.

All other days have either disappeared into darkness and oblivion or not yet emerged from them. Today is the only day there is.
— Frederick Buchener, Listening to Your Life

So the question of “When do I start?” is really not as big of a hurdle when we acknowledge that starting like all of life only happens in this space called “now.” Start now, it’s the only time.