Carpe Diem. Seize the Day. Say that out loud to yourself. SEIZE THE DAY. Now ask yourself, “am I doing this, am I living my days to the fullest and making each moment count? Am I seizing the day?” I hope you answered yourself with a resounding yes.
I will be honest with you; I can say today that I am seizing the day. If I would have asked myself a few months ago if I was, I would have answered no. You see I have both a blessing and a curse: a penchant for planning.
I am the vacationer who plans a year out. I find all of the top places to visit and make a minute by minute itinerary, ensuring that I see all of the highlights. After going on trips with others though I have realized that this is not always enjoyable because I leave little room for spontaneity or even serendipity.
I have done this to myself professionally as well. I went into corporate America swinging. I was going to learn all that I could and network fast and furious to get to where I wanted to go. I built shallow relationships at the beginning of my career and focused a lot on giving my all, again not leaving room for happy accidents.
Why do we limit ourselves? Why do we stop ourselves from enjoying the journey? Why do we hold back? Fear? Complacency? A feeling of unworthiness? A feeling of thinking that the things we want are meant for others and not us?
I did not know how to seize the day because possessed fear. I shuddered at the thought of things falling apart because there was a lack of a plan. I also feared judgement from others by not being “where I should be” or having certain things.
Life is short. Life is uncertain. Each day that we are blessed to breathe must be lived to the fullest and with great appreciation. Not with fear. Not with guilt. Not with shame. Not with doubt.
I want you to seize the blessing that is TODAY.
~Play hookie from work and treat yourself (bonus points if you bring someone with you)
~Apply for that promotion and then tell your boss why you deserve it
~Contact that potential client with an irresistible confidence
~Run barefoot in the grass with your children and let your toes feel the dirt
~Invite that guy or gal you have been eyeing from afar out for coffee
~Get in the car and take an unplanned road trip
~Pay for the groceries of someone you don’t know
~Write a note of encouragement and give it to a stranger
These are just a few ways to seize the day and feed your spirit but there are so many other things. As Kasey Musgraves sings in “Follow Your Arrow,” “you just get so many trips round sun.”
Life is short. Life is uncertain. Seize the Day.
I know you can do this. YOU know you can do this. Don’t live another day holding back, no, carpe diem – seize the day.
What are other ways we can seize the day? Write your suggestions in the comments sections below. :)