The Latin phrase Carpe Diem (seize the day) was first attributed to a poem written by the famed Roman poet Horace during the reign of Augustus. It gained fresh awareness for many of us by the actor Robin Williams in the 1989 movie Dead
Poets Society. Williams, playing the role of an unconventional English professor, challenges his class of boys to be cognizant of the opportunities that are contained within every moment, “to gather ye rosebuds while you may.” Herding the boys around a trophy case filled with pictures of young athletes of yesteryear, he quips, “These boys are now fertilizing daffodils.” This leads to the moment where he emphatically whispers, “Carpe Diem”
Seize the day. Seize the day.
Gathering our rosebuds while we have the chance – seizing
the opportunities that each day offers is equal parts natural wisdom and mysterious seduction. I would venture to say that anyone reading this understands that in order to achieve a goal you...
It was never true.
All those years focusing on a belief that somehow you couldn’t do it – somehow you weren’t good enough, were years influenced by lies. All those decisions to not attempt a greater endeavor, to not initiate choices that carried passionate momentum due to some alliance you and I formed with futility and helplessness, were decisions rooted in illusion. Yes, regardless of who spoke of your supposed inabilities or how often you were told of them does not change the greater reality that it was all a lie.
The truth is that you are what you think you are. Not what someone else thinks you are, but what you continuously, habitually define yourself to be.
Time and energy spent begrudging family members, former friends or spouses, companies and institutions, teachers, bosses, circumstances and geographical locales is time spent in a misguided and...
Beloved comedienne Gilda Radner frequently joked, “It’s always something.”
So many relate to the everyday human existence with perpetual overwhelm. Life seems packed with situations we feel must be overcome. Our existence can be lived in a vibration of low or high panic, invading the simple act of living regardless of socioeconomic status. This is especially evident when bemoaning how everything feels like an obstacle course of unending challenge. Without a mental reframe about this acquired perception, our personal narrative will only continue to devolve into futility and a belief that constant struggle is normal.
Gilda was right. It is always something, yet that something can be viewed as possibility or problem. That consistent something can be realized as gifts for growth or accepted as burdens to endure.
Take this quiz.
How many of you are waiting for some specific thing to be over before you allow yourself to feel good...