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June 19, 2010

Carpe Diem

As I peruse other life coaches’ websites whilst considering my own website needs, the phrase “Carpe Diem” has been catching my eye. It comes from a poem by Horace published in 23BC. Despite my Latin “O” level many years ago, it was helpful to have a translation to hand, “Seize the Day” and this has got me thinking……

So often we live in the future – life will be so much better when…..I’ll be happy if….
So often we live in the past – reminiscing over what has come and gone, regretting “should haves”, and thinking…. my life was better then…..
So often we live on the treadmill of day to day practicalities – get the children to school, rush to work, household chores, what to eat this evening, worry about the bills……..

But what about now – I mean, really now. What about the novel idea of…..”being in the moment”? Perhaps a bit of an Americanism but I think it says a lot. It encourages us to slow down, breathe, and take in fully this very moment, here and now – this moment is precious and once it’s gone….it’s gone. No matter what is going on around you, no matter how busy the day, remember to consciously STOP and enjoy those precious ordinary moments. After all, those ordinary moments are already forming memories of your “good old days”.

“The Secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, nor to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly” (Shakyamuni Buddha).

Go on – Seize the Day!

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