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Monday, June 22, 2015

Carpe Diem

"Don’t talk about what you have done or
what you are going to do
–President Thomas Jefferson

If you’ve read my thoughts for very long, you may have read a favorite statement of mine: you can’t do a good job of driving a car if you’re always looking in the rearview mirror.

To me, that’s one point of the quotation above. To live in the present is to not dwell on the past or fret about the future. The past, whether good or bad, is gone and you can’t redo it. You can recall it in your mind, but doing that will crowd your thoughts and actions for today.

Fretting about the future gives the same results. Fretting about the future is fruitless. The future is yet to come and is a great place for dreams and planning. But dwelling on the future so much that you neglect the present is taking away the pleasures of today.

Each day offers promise of a new beginning, a new life. You’ve probably heard the Latin term, carpe diem. Webster’s Online Dictionary defines carpe diem: the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment…. The phrase is more commonly defined as “seize the day.”

By seizing the day and only keeping today uppermost in your mind, you can live each day to its fullest potential. How do you stay in the present moment? What are you looking forward to today?

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