Carpe Diem – Seize the day


I have a sign posted on my computer which reads thusly:

“A random meeting, conversation or coincidence isn’t quite so random after all. Every moment is powerful and precious — and lately, they all carry massive potential for joy and satisfaction. Be aware as you move throughout your day and interact with friends and neighbors.”


I don’t know where it came from – probably was a horoscope from one of those dark winter days when I was feeling depressed and down. It spoke to me in my funk.

Along comes one of those forwarded e-mails that I usually trash before opening. This one I opened and I’m glad.  Don’t know who to credit, but then I’ve liberally added edits based on my own life experiences.

It goes like this in part:

“Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, or are too rigid to depart from their routines.

I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back.

From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ‘Jeopardy’ on television?  I dropped in to visit some family members last week and we sat stone-faced in front of the tube showing a basketball game being played by teams I’ve never heard of.

I cannot count the times a friend has called and said , ‘How about going to lunch in a half hour?’ I would come up with a million excuses – got to wash my hair, do my taxes, on a diet, it looks like rain etc. etc.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.  We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet, rearrange the den, get the puppy potty-trained – you fill in the blank.

carpediem Margaret Ann has asked me to go to her beach house at least 50 times and I always have an excuse – wait till I lose ten pounds, rearrange the den, get the puppy potty trained.  Can’t I come up with better excuses.  Better yet, why don’t I just go!?  (Probably because she has stopped asking.)

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older.  The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer.  One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of ‘I’m going to,’ ‘I plan on,’ and ‘Someday, when things are settled down a bit.’

I have a new ‘seize the moment’ friend (Shelby) who is open to adventure and available for trips.  She keeps an open mind on new ideas.  Her enthusiasm for life is contagious.  You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades.

Do something you WANT to…not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say?  And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground?  Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night?  Do you run through each day on the fly?  When you ask ‘How are you?’  Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head?  Ever told your child, ‘We’ll do it tomorrow.’ And in your haste, not see his sorrow?  Ever lost touch?

Let a good friendship die?  Just call to say ‘Hi’?

Life may not be the party we hoped for…  but while we are here we might as well dance to the music all around us.

I’m going right now to go break out those guest towels with my initials and put them in my bath room.  What the heck am I saving them for?

5 thoughts on “Carpe Diem – Seize the day

  1. Absolutely – don’t even care if anyone is looking anymore! Since you’re off next week maybe we can get together for lunch one day and discuss….


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