Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Carpe Diem (Seize The Day)

Carpe diem is a phrase from a Latin poem by Horace  It is popularly translated as     "Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future", and the ode says the future is unknowable.

"And if not now, when?" Rabbinic (Pirkei Avoth 1:14) 

In his best-seller Faster: The acceleration of just about everything, James Gleick confronts us with society's obsession to compress more and more into less and less time. Here's one quote from Faster: If haste is the gas pedal, multitasking is overdrive. We are multitasking connoisseurs-experts in crowding, pressing, packing, and overlapping distinct activities in our all-too-finite moments.  "And if not now, when?" Rabbinic (Pirkei Avoth 1:14)

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,.
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.  Robert Herrick

As the 1st day of 2010 approaches let's think about what we can do to Seize the day in our lives. Tell me what this phrase means to you. To me it means Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. this means relationships as well as our busy lives.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:12-13

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Catherine said...

Good blog. Carpe diem to me means take advantage of the day in all aspects.

Ginny said...

What is that amazing white flower? Seize the day. To me it means to be in the moment! Don't waste the day by thinking about the past or future. There is none. There is only today.

Sandra said...

My friend Janice emailed me her answer.
Procrastinators of the world, beware! At some point, you will run out of time

Madeline said...

To me it means live every day with everything you've got, because tomorrow is not promised. Do and say all the things you want to say to those you love and help those who are in need in anyway you can. Always remember to thank your good Lord for all of your blessings, which are many!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Sandra, Love your header and quote.... Hmmmmmmm---Seize the Day, huh????? To me that means to live each moment to its fullest. However, I think we need balance in our lives ---which should include DOWN time for us too...

Living to the fullest to SOME means to crowd as much into one day as you can.. To me, I like 'quality' instead of 'quantity'..

Great post, Sandra, and one we all need to think about as we enter a new year. Great pictures also!!!!


SquirrelQueen said...

Sandra, I love your beautiful series of photos. Janice's answer is priceless, I have been there on a few occasions.

To me it means not to dwell on the past, it's over and done. The future hasn't arrived so why worry so much about it. Enjoy the 'now' and make the best of it.