I love this. Whether you believe in a literal Paradise or not, these words ring true for all of us on an everyday basis. Paradise is a state of being. It is a state of being in peace, contentment, fulfillment, joy. It is our natural state, the image of God we were created in.
You cannot appreciate a state of being when you are not in it, and when you are focused on the future or the past, you are not "in" the present. When we are impatient, we are focused on the future. Every time we experience impatience, we drive ourselves out of Paradise, out of any peaceful state of being, and as long as we remain impatient, we cannot return to that state.
Many of us live our whole lives outside of Paradise. We worry constantly about the future and regret the past. There is no peace in either of those. Or we excitedly anticipate good in the future, but that, too, can become impatience, and that, too, throws us out of Paradise.
Peace lives only in the present moment. It is present now, not later. It is a state of being, a state of is-ness, and so it cannot live in the future. It is an experience, and we can only experience something in the present moment.
Today, I am committing to allowing impatience to be a signal for me, a reminder to return to the present moment. It is here and here alone that I experience peace. There can be no worry in the present moment, because worry is about things past and things that have not yet happened. It is not about now. Now, there is only peace. Now, there is only Paradise. And I intend to make Paradise my home.