When Is Now?

Updated on August 3, 2019
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Kari spends much of her time thinking about the meaning of life and time. She has concluded love is the meaning and time doesn't exist.

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The infinite is in the finite of every instant

– Zen Proverb


I am captivated by the concept of now. Now is eternal. Now is the only time we have. Yesterday and tomorrow are only constructs of our mind. A way for us to file events and feelings. But it was "now" yesterday and it will be "now" tomorrow. We may say we will do something tomorrow, but we have to wait until it is now to actually do it.

To live in the now is to live in eternity. In one hundred million years it will still be now. There is no other time available to us. Everything must be done now. Every thought occurs now. Now is the only time reality allows us to make a difference during.

Everything that has ever happened has happened in the now. Everything that will ever happen will happen in the now. Now is the only time of reality. Yesterday is a dream and tomorrow is a fantasy. Even if we could travel through time it would still be now when we arrived.

Right now it is 2:03 pm. In 60 seconds it will be 2:04 pm, however it will still be right now. See, right now it's 2:04 pm. It is always now! When we live in the now we live in eternity.

What Is Time?

Time is actually half of the Time-Space dimension. You can't meet someone in a place without having a time. You can't meet someone at a time without there being a place. You can't tell someone, "I'll meet you at noon", without telling them where. You can't tell someone, "I'll meet you at the theater", without telling them a time. (Actually you could, but who would go to the theater to wait not knowing the time or day you may arrive?)

We use time as a locator. We say, "I met him at the theater yesterday". Yesterday is part of the where that we met in. If you just say, "we met at the theater", someone is bound to ask when. When it is 2 pm where I am, it will only be 1 pm in Texas. It really depends where you are as to what time it is. Time and space are intrinsically interwoven.

If you wanted to look into the past and see a certain person, you would need both the time and the place. It's like longitude and latitude. If you want to find a certain place you need both the longitude and the latitude. Telling your GPS unit just the one or the other will not work. It needs both to locate. Just as we would need both the time and the place to locate someone in the past.

What Time Is It? A Riddle

What time is it that lasts forever?

Time without beginning, time without end.

Sometimes it is THE time.

Sometimes it is NOT the time.

It is the time we will look back on fondly.

It is the time we wish would pass.

There is no time like it!

It is the best time,

It is the worst time.

It is perfect time to break a habit,

And the only time to live.

Do you know what time I mean.

The time that spans eternity?

It is every moment of every day.

The only time we control.

Take a guess now.

Now-The Answer

Now is the only true time.

It is always now.

Now is THE time.

Now is NOT the time.

We will look fondly back at now.

I wish it wasn't now.

Now is the best time.

Now is be the worst time!

Now is the time to break a habit.

Live in the now.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Regarding Time

© 2017 Kari Poulsen


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    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      6 months ago from Ohio

      Thanks Brenda! I believe now is eternal. I hope now is well for you also.

    • Brenda Arledge profile image


      6 months ago from Washington Court House


      Now...that is the moment we must all live in. The past nor the future will help us in this moment.

      I love this, " Now is the only time reality allows us to make a difference during."

      I also enjoy how you ask what time is it ? Then reply with an answer.

      This is an interesting write.

      I hope all is well with you Now.

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you for the kind words, Ben. I love talking about time. I really don't believe in it. I think of it as a filing system for our brains. I believe if we live in the now, we are living in eternity. :)

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      Ben Reed 

      2 years ago from Redcar

      An interesting article. I have long conversations with my father on this subject. He has become very interested in the concept of time - the now, the future and the past. This will help my next conversation on the subject of now.

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      That is so true, lovetherain. We are always moving forward into the next moment. Thank you for reading and commenting. :)

    • lovetherain profile image


      2 years ago from Untited States

      Time is a flowing river, it never ceases, we never get a break from moving forward.

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you, Venkatachari. I read your article and enjoyed it. It delivered some fresh points on time management. Time is fleeting and can be deceiving. The now is always slipping away. Just remember it slips into a new now. :)

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting perception of Time and the 'Now' moment of it. Very inspiring hub. My perception of Time in one of my hubs was "Fleeting Time" and "Deceiving Time". Your article is more interesting to me.

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      I agree it's so hard to live in the now. The good thing is there is another now every moment. Thank you, Glenn.

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      Glenn Stok 

      2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I enjoy studying the phenomena of time, myself, and I like how your think. I’m always waiting for “now” to occur.

      The present “now” is but a moment that is lost as soon as it arrives. However, when I look forward to doing something tomorrow, as you mentioned, I have to wait for that specific time tomorrow to become the present.

      That’s a great analogy you gave with comparing the usage of a GPS to finding someone in the past. You didn’t say it, but you were referring to looking up historic information in the library, for example. You need to know the time and place.

      Nice riddle too. I try to live in the now, but it keeps escaping me.

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      I can agree with that. It helps our brains file events. Thanks for reading Rochelle. :)

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      2 years ago from California Gold Country

      I once read that time was nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you Dan! That means a lot to me. :)

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      Dan Sanders 

      2 years ago

      Very good piece.

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      I love thinking about time. It's such a mystery to me. Thanks for reading, Nell. :)

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      Time is a very strange thing. Even scientists are not quite sure how to explain it, interesting stuff!

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      You are right, Peggy. It's best to plan for the future but live in the now. :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What we do now may affect our future but since no future is absolutely guaranteed we should do what is right at the current time. Who knows what tomorrow may bring? At the same time it is smart to plan for the future. This pertains to many aspects of our life.

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you, Josephine. I write many of my hubs to remind myself of the truths in life. This was one of them, lol.

    • modernalchemyst profile image


      2 years ago

      Fascinating article and video, thank you for sharing this take! I definitely believe in living in the now, but it's easy to forget and good to have the reminder.

    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      Exactly, Louise. Easier said than done, lol

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      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Yes you're right, we got to live in the now. We don't know what tomorrow will bring and we can't change yesterday.


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