Savoring the moment
By Michelle Liew Tsui-Lin
"Wake up and live"
― Bob Marley
The founding father of Reggae music made a compelling exhortation, one which we should
answer to with as few questions as possible.
That's because Marley knew exactly what Carpe Diem entailed. He seized the moment with certainty, harvesting the musical and spiritual rewards of Reggae.
Marley himself reminds me of a former student of mine, a young Bob Marley fan who carried
a knapsack embossed with his images, be it a badge or a key ring with his photo. He was a young man who was the life of every classroom party and enjoyed life to its fullest, never allowing life's mundane challenges of stress or homework to faze him.
We should take our cues from the great Reggae master and this youth. Although this can be little trite, they remind us to seize the day in spite of it being as busy as it is.
The origins of the word Carpe Diem
The idea of saying Carpe Diem first gained popularity in 23 BC when the great poet Horace wrote it in the Odes. Literally translated, it means to seize the day without any concern about what tomorrow may bring.
The ancient Romans certainly behaved this way, sometimes behaving quite orgiastically. While we will not want to take the idea of enjoying life to the fullest to such extremes, we should certainly aim to enjoy the moment. as far as we can.
Robin Williams: Carpe Diem in Dead Poet's Society
Why we should seize the moment
As the farmer does, harvesting the meaningful moments of life should be our aim.
After all, we have limited chances to do the things we love. We spend most of our time in the pursuit of survival, forgetting to seize the chances we have to do the things we truly want to and put ourselves first.
Grabbing moments to do what we really wish to keeps us motivated. We tend to keep our noses
to the grindstone when we are really passionate about what we do.
Seizing the moment is usually done in times of boldness and confidence. Just saying the words
"Carpe Diem" would build your self-esteem.
These same words, and living in the moment, stimulates you to give more of your best. We do what we do well when we stop to appreciate its meaning.
Taking hold of the beautiful chances each day brings equates happiness and peace of mind.
You seize moments by:
- Living life with a purpose
- Living life now
- Making bold decisions
- We give the best of ourselves
- When we are honest with ourselves
- When we don't feel shortchanged in life.
- When we are fully present
- When we stop making excuses not to live life the way we should.
How to seize the moment
Life's harvest is best reaped when we live life with a purpose. Taking just a little bit of time to think about what we do and it's motivations behind our actions somehow makes life a little fuller.
A harvest is best reaped, and the moment best seized, when we make the decision to live life now. It is best lived when we stop making excuses for ourselves and, as Nike adverts proudly
say, Just Do it.
A great moment is lived when we are bold. We reap great harvests and get the most out of life when we are courageous enough to live in a moment despite its difficulties anyway.
We reap the greatest reward when we give the best of ourselves, dong the things we love to in the moment. This is when we are fully present and alive, living our passions, our dreams, there and then.
When we are honest with ourselves and are who we are, we live moments best and get the most out of life.
We can't get the best out of moments or harvest the most if we constantly feel short changed In life, hurt by past misgivings or victimized, always wishing that we have what could have been.
Saying Carpe Diem and reaping a good harvest means letting things go.
Ways to live in the moment
Granted, its idealistic and sometimes very hazy. A little idealism, though, is at the heart of the moment and makes life just a little bit better to live.
And there are many ways to say Carpe Diem, seize the harvest and the day.
Be decisive. Make up your mind to do something on a certain day and just get it done.
We all have many things on our to do lists. Checking something off that list instead of leaving it on the back burner can help us live in the moment and reap a few nice rewards from life.
Those can be reaped without doing anything drastic or dramatic. The moment can be enjoyed when we decide to indulge in simple, everyday pleasures of life. We can savor good harvests when we choose to do things that we're afraid to normally, or are out of the ordinary for us. Even listening to our favorite songs can help us to savor moments and garner the harvests of simplicity.
Taking the time to declutter and simply shift things about in your home or work environment may take a little work, but can free the mind from the stress of routine and allow us to savor moments.
Taking the time to do something with loved ones and actually listening to them for a change can help us savor moments and reap the rewards of better relationships.
Gratitude and the ability to cherish moments go hand in hand. Write a gratitude list. When we are more conscious about the things we love, we savor them, the moment and harvest emotional crops too.
The Carpe Diem Poll
Which is your favorite way to live moments?
Poem : The Harvest
All farmers know that the best crops are harvested when the moment is seized.
On sown seeds
Of the wrist
Moments can be lived, and Carpe Diem said, if not always, at least once in a while.
Original work by Michelle Liew Tsui-Lin All rights reserved
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