Reading Henry James this week… Portrait of a Lady always pleases.  Henry James has long been a companion of mine, his works always fresh as time ticks by and life brings new perspectives and challenges. The quote below is not from Portrait but something he once said to Edith Wharton. It is an essential truth. We must have the courage to live in the now, even as we plan and are responsible for the future. When love comes, consider this:

“Don’t pass it by–the immediate, the real, the only, the yours.” — Henry James

painting: “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt, oil & gold leaf on canvas