Two thousand years ago, Jesus said, "The Kingdom of Heaven is here and now." He did not say that this best of all worlds would arrive the next day, month, year, decade, century or eon of time into the future. He proclaimed that the promise of the best of life and living was right there and then; right now.
Two thousand years later, in the hustle and bustle of modern, contemporary cities and lifestyles, people hurry about daily, as if engaged in a race in which the winners take the grand prize. The rush is toward what can be, rather than what already is, which seems to lack an element that kindles the fires of a person's soul.
Because of this, countless individuals in today's world are merely going through the motions of living out their lives rather than actually living. What could have been appears to be merely a vague image in the wind, filled with the darkness of despair. For some people, it seems that the mental flickerings of what were a few bright moments in their past are all that remain. Even these, for the most part, left them with unconvincing vibrations. Their physical bodies may be present, but their minds linger in the past of "bygone days." What is and can be are colored gray by their minds yielding their priorities to what has been.