The unique present

Surely, the memory of an event cannot pass for the event itself. Nor can the anticipation. There is something exceptional, unique, about the present event, which the previous, or the coming do not have. There is a livingness about it, an actuality; it stands out as if illumined. There is the ‘stamp of reality’ on the actual, which the past and future do not have.

Nisargadatta Maharaj