A famous poem by Abraham Ibn Ezra says:
“The past is gone /
the future – not here yet; /
the present – is like a blink of an eye; /
whence, then, our worries?”.
This poem can, perhaps, be twisted as follows: if “the past is gone, the future is not here yet, and the present is like a blink of an eye” – “whence, then, our life?”.
This is not a trivial question: it is a life question, the question of our life.
–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz