Carpe diem, a phrase that comes from the Roman poet Horace, means literally “Pluck the day”, though it’s usually translated as “Seize the day”. A free translation might be “Enjoy yourself while you have the chance”. For some people, Carpe diem serves as the closest thing to a philosophy of life as they’ll ever have.
Lately I have been thinking of this expression and how it translates in today’s environment. We are exposed to a magnitude of sources telling us that we should be afraid and the world is a dark and dreary place. This can be seen in the media coverage of the current state of affairs such as the coronavirus outbreak, the market returns or the political election.
How do you live your life to the fullest and seize the day when you are being instructed to live in fear? How do you combat those messages and do just that?
Logically we know that we all have only one chance to live each day to the maximum. And we subconsciously are aware that we will not live forever. But how do you tune out the negativity and rise above to be calm, happy and joyful?
As I reflect on all of my loved ones who are no longer here to join me on my journey, I wonder how life would be different if they were given more time to “seize the day”. And if so, would they live their lives differently? Maybe calmer, happier and more joyful? Would they worry about the current crisis du jour, or concentrate on enjoying the people around who matter the most?
Life isn’t always fair. Some of us will live into our 90’s or longer……some of us will not. I would rather look at the positives and surround myself with others who will do the same. Live each moment with a positive outlook and work hard to tune out the noise.
This isn’t always easy to do…..but if you give it a try, you just might like it.
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