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Carpe Articulum – Seize The Moment

 

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, an 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 must play the key part in its manifestation.  It doesn’t work any other way.  The way the opportunity unfolds lies in the realm of mystery
for there will always be an infinite number of trickles that lead to the
ocean.  Their will always be
expected and unexpected ways that our good will show up in order to support our
desire.  But we must seize the
opportunity.
I love the word seize.
It contains an energy of action, power, authority.  If applied in terms of ourselves, then using
that energy for opportunity rather than the taking from us by outer oppressive
forces, fills us with
encouragement and fortitude like air to a balloon.
Yet applying this action, even though its in the context of
our current experience, can still be a breeding ground for overwhelm and the
cause for our lack of follow through.
For example, when was the last time you maintained a positive attitude
for an entire day?  When was the
last time you successfully stringed one positive thought to the next, without
fail for an entire twenty four hour period?  I have yet to master that and I’m making the assumption that
neither have you.  That isn’t a
good or bad thing, it simply offers us a glimpse into the enormity of thoughts
that filter through our mind everyday.
Each of those thoughts are birthed from a desire – translation –
countless desires have their inception within us everyday.
So why not Carpe articulum? Seize the (important) moment:
As we explore the idea of taking action, let us
do so from a foundation that sets us up to win rather than one that breeds
overwhelm.  Let’s examine how we
are already successful at this in the first place.
Let’s say you have a desire for a cup of coffee.  You do one of two things, you get up,
go to your kitchen and prepare the coffee from supplies that you have already
purchased or you travel to a local coffee shop, walk in and place an order,
both options produce the cup of coffee.
The coffee was a desire and you made it happen.  The attainment of the coffee is a
successful act.  Do you celebrate
the manifestation of that desire?
From our base desires, such as the need to eliminate fluid and waste to
the taking of showers, those are all birthed from a desire.  Once you have completed the task, do
you not understand that you have manifested success?
When you begin to consider the possibility that success has
no label of big or small, then you start to grasp the idea that your personal
days are filled with successful completions of tasks.
Realize then that you are seizing the moment.
It is stringing those innumerable successful moments to one
another that comprise our days.
Those days become weeks, those weeks turn into months and on and
on.  Yes, even the task of
successfully brewing or buying a cup of coffee plays a part of the success of
your award winning composition, receiving the diploma, raising your child.
What we have the opportunity to do is to make these moments
as deliberate and conscious as possible.
Let go of the concept of the day and let us begin to seize the moment.

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