Most often I agree with Thannisaro, but today I disagree, surprisingly, with his "now" which he seems to want to remain the same even when a new "now" appears. I have never been perfect in anything nor do I expect I ever will be. This lack of striving for perfection helps me be good at times. Paradoxically, for me, I am most perfect when I don't strive for perfection. My not striving tends to permit me to be more peaceful than when I unpeacefully strive. I imagine it is possible to strive peacefully however. Also paradoxically, I do believe that it takes great effort to live effortlessly. I would rather use the word "intention" than determination. If I intend to stay in the present and notice when I am not, I can more easily move to the present. William Penn's idea, which I have great admiration for even though I don't practice it often, is: "I will pass this way but once, any good, therefore, that I may do, or any kindness that I may show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglected for shall not pass this way again." I interpret "passing by this way but once" as one of the series of "nows." Francis of Assisi had a great idea when he said it is better to console, rather than seeking to be consoled. Thanks for the opportunity to respond. Woman kind regards to everyone.