This Chinese paper and ink picture of a dragonfly I gave to the future Mrs T, with a thought by Marie Curie. The writing has faded but the idea is imperishable, so I’ll type it out here:
The present moment must be enjoyed. It is a precious gift, comparable to a state of grace.
It’s worth taking that idea of one of the greatest research scientists as a vade mecum for today! Repeat it to yourself when you come to one of those quiet pauses between tasks, when you are in a supermarket queue, or waiting for a coffee to cool down, or the traffic lights to change, or the shower to warm up. Then consider why this fleeting moment is a gift, a state of grace, and, make half a second to, as they say in France, ‘rendre grace’ – to give thanks.