A Tale of Two Cities gives us the famous quote by Dickens of “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
This can and does make sense, in that there are times that have moments of “best” and “worst” in them.
Another thing to consider, though, is that the best and worst times have something in common: At the time, we are fully present in them.
Periods in life when we’re always looking at the past are never the best of times. Times we’re always looking at the future can possibly be among the best—if we’re looking forward to the future—but if we become too embedded in this forward-thinking mode, we’re thinking still in terms of the intangible that may never be.
Those are the “mediocre times.”
Is This “the Best of Times, the Worst of Times”?
Of late, have we had the best of times? Most of us would say a collective “no.” For once, just about all of us have been sharing the same mental space, and it hasn’t been a pleasant one.
As far as best of times and the worst of times, let us hope that soon, it will be more of the former…for all times.
(Related to “Vague“)