I was trying to find a poem or a relevant quote in response to your poems and the Pascal extract, but couldn't find anything suitable, so here is something which was said to me just before I went on stage as Kate, in "Dancing at Lughnasa" a couple of years ago.'Live in the moment'.It has turned out to be the best advice for performance that I think I have ever had.
To project one's thoughts too far ahead, leads one to stop trusting and at the very worst, to blank completely in panic. to 'live in the moment' is to savour each word, to listen and act appropriately calling to mind all ones skill and judgement and experience gained during rehearsal.It occurs to me that one of the mysteries that is so hard to grasp is how God exists outside of time as we know it. Our natural predilection is to push our thoughts into the future and thereby spoil our present. I love the phrase "I AM THAT I AM".I have a wonderful little book called "The Path of Waiting " by the late Henri Nouwen. In it he says: 'to wait open-endedly is an enormously radical attitude toward life'. In so doing, he says we relinquish control over our lives thus letting God define them. He also draws the distinction between hope and wishing; 'hope is trusting that something will be fulfilled according to the promises and not just according to our wishes'. thus hope is always open-ended.
Thank you, Mary, and bless you and your family this Mothering Sunday.