The Well

Seize The Day

by Andrew Shaw on Jan.18, 2010, under Archives

Carpe diem.  Seize the day.  Live life to the fullest…  Phrases of life advice you’ve no doubt heard before.  The only problem is, we tend to forget these important words and become distracted by all our other plans and problems.  Until, something snaps back our attention.  Turn on the news right now and we’re witness to the devastation in Haiti.  We see the tragic loss of life and people struggling to survive.  There is no more powerful reminder of the preciousness of life than an event such as this.  We see how very fragile we all are.  We see how life can end in an instant.  This may be difficult to think about, but keeping this truth in mind, awakens you, changes your priorities, and motivates you to not waste time or opportunity. 

About a year ago, a plane landed on the Hudson River.  You know the story.  Interviews with passengers from this flight have shared a resounding theme.  All of the survivors have described a dramatic change in the way they live.  They say they’re grateful for every day they have now.  They say they’ve been given a second chance and they’re not going to waste that opportunity.  Some have changed careers, many have done some of the things they always wanted to but put off before, most spend more time loving than in anger, and all have an enormous appreciation for being alive.

The point of this week’s post, and this blog in general, is to provide small reminders for what’s important in life, and of ways of living that bring about greater happiness and well-being.  I love this picture of a sign in Santa Ynez, CA.  We all need signposts in our lives, to point us in the direction of what truly matters, in the direction of love, in the direction of gratitude, in the direction of living fully in the present moment.  I hope you can use this picture, this blog, the people of Haiti, the passengers of flight 1549, as a signpost, a reminder that life is short and precious.  Life is a gift and we know not what may happen tomorrow.  Carpe diem.  Seize the day.

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