Roman poet Horace wrote, “Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow!” His Roman phrase “carpe diem” actually translates into English as “pluck the day”. There is hope for today when we “pluck today” by making the most of what life offers us today. Many times, however, we allow life to “pluck our feathers”, instead of us “plucking our days”.
Look around at the fruitfulness of your life, the things that are in your life now. Pluck them as juicy, ripe fruit that makes the senses tingle with anticipation and excitement.
Study them as if you were seeing them for the first time; and, during this state of increased awareness, you may find a new sense of gratitude for all the people and things in your life.
“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.” This is a wonderful quotation, attributed to Stephen Grellet, which calls us to seize the day.
It is good to plan for tomorrow, but only when you remember that “life is what happens while you are making plans”. Find a way to stay anchored in your life today as you plan for tomorrow.
If there is something you have always wanted to do, today might be the day to do it, instead of adding it to your future plans. Procrastination robs life of many joys.
Never postpone your appreciation of life until you have a life exactly as you want, or you may never appreciate your life. Appreciate life as it is now, experience life as an adventure, and then watch it unfold before your eyes. Be an adventurer who knows how to find new things to explore and appreciate.
Do not allow the noise and clamour of your life to drown out opportunities that knock at your door today. The Chinese believe that even in crisis, there is opportunity; therefore, if opportunity only knocks once today, it might be during a crisis moment. Stay attentive; don’t miss your opportunity.
Cicero said, “Pick the day as you would a poppy”. Seize the day. Do not blind your eyes to the blessings that are all around you. Be fully present in your life today. Take time to stop, look, and listen. Each new day of life offers hope and opportunity for you to seize the day, even if it is moment-by-moment.