i’m alive

The camel driver, though, seemed not to be very concerned with the threat of war.
“I’m alive,” he said to the boy, as they ate a bunch of dates one night, with not fires and no moon. “When I’m eating, that’s all I think about.   If I’m on the march, I just concentrate on marching.  If i have to fight, it will be just as good a day to die as any other.
“Because I don’t live in either my past or my future.  I’m interested only in the present.  If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.  You’ll see that there is life int he desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and the tribesmen fight because they are part of the human race.  Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.

-excerpt from The Alchemist