Recently I while praying a holy hour I opened the book of The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis to kickstart my prayer (a classic spiritual reading very widely read next to the Bible.) In the fourth paragraph of the first chapter I found something about vanity in a context in which we normally don't see it: "It is vanity to take thought only for the life which now is, and not to look forward to the things which shall be hereafter."
I dont know about you but it's very easy to fall into routine and focus too much on the immediate goings-on and "only for the life which now is..." The answer then is to look above to eternal things through prayer, "we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal" (2 Cor 4:18).
How our lives would change if we could only keep the gaze of our souls on our Creator rather than his creation. If we could only remain in that meditation - that "already but not yet" union with the Holy Trinity without neglecting the here and now. Perhaps a daily spiritual reading and meditation would help a person do just that and lifting one's eyes to what is above rather than below. I plan to do just that, maybe pick up a book on eternal life in hope to deepen my faith in the hereafter.