Carpe Diem!

"Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It's later than you think."  ~Horace
I recently came across a rather amusing quip by someone anonymous. It goes, "I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don't have any clean laundry, because, come on, who wants to wash clothes on the last day of their life?" and I just couldn't help laughing to myself. I know that may leave a bad taste in the mouth for some of us who are fierce advocates of "doing", or let's just say, heroes of the rat-race, er.. those who take themselves too seriously.

Somehow this has given me a pause for thought...

How was your day? Ahmm.. ok. Most of us may barely survive their day. I have been guilty of this thought so many times. We're all caught up in the razzle-dazzle of things and the noise can be deafening —news on TV, the internet, politics and religion (I sometimes cannot see the difference between these two); name it, we all have had it. No one has been spared.

So, don't we all deserve a break? And is that even possible? As I've always believed, personally, it's all a matter of perspective. It's not so much as what happens to us, but, how we see what happens. We always get to choose first the way we see things —each from our own vantage point. The way we see things is the source of the way we think and the way we act. We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be.*

And to see things differently, we have to be differently. If we see each new day as our last, we would think about how to live today like its our last. And because we think this way, we would feel differently about things and our relationships today, like it's our last. And because we feel this way, we would do things a lot differently today. After all, who would want to spend the last day of their life unhappy, unnoticed, and uncared for?
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."  ~Mahatma Gandhi
Seize the day!

[Note: Carpe diem is the Latin phrase for "seize the day". * This quote is taken from "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Dr. Stephen Covey.]


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