Living each day as if it were your last….

Carpe Diem–seize the day!

How do you do that–seize the day? Carpe literally translates as “suck” or “gather.” Either way, how does one suck the sweet juice from the peaches of life and live fully each day, so if it were indeed the last one, then no regrets?

Is it possible?

Allow yourself to think, how would you spend your time if you knew your life would end in twelve hours? Would you tell your boss what you really think and eat vast amounts of M&M’s! Or burn your journals, give away your valuables and mourn all the things you did not experience in your life? Would you spend time stewing about someone’s rude remark from a week ago? Would you resent all those loads of laundry you did or pray for the chance to keep on doing more? Would you quake in fear of moving into the Great Unknown?

Why would you want to do such things everyday in preparation? It’s unreasonable!

Sit with this for a few minutes. Create a plan for your last day. Seriously! And from that plan, draw ideas for you to incorporate into your ordinary moments now! If your imagined last day includes saying I’m sorry and I love you to friends and family, do it now! If your plan specified planting a pine tree, do it today. Fall in love with the laundry! And resentment over the past or fear of the future is like trying to breathe in God’s fragrance with one hand over your mouth and the nose pinched closed with the other. As Mary Oliver asks, “Tell me, what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

And Buddha might wonder: are you are gathering peaches everyday, sucking up sweet juice and making jam, or are you letting fruit rot in your basket?

Comments

  1. Mom, I LOVE YOU! I plan to bake some cookies and share them with my neighbors. I plan to play with clay and sing a sweet tune…aloud. I plan to laugh at my seriousness and take a load of stuff to the thrift store.

  2. Evelyn Davis says:

    Last night , I had the yen to cook something to share with whom I did not know.. I made a green rice casserole and was blissfully happy in the late hours listening to music, coking, thinking of nothing else.

    Today was different than “scheduled”, as the student whose 3-hour essay exam I was to proctor while I worked cancelled. 🙂 I finished my work quickly and got home early to warm the casserole to share with my Trinity Benedictine Group that met for Evening Prayer, potluck dinner and meeting. Dawna led us in using crayons, markers, colored and white paper to pray silently & in lieu of Lectio Divina. Nobody had to show what they did. Doodling, whatever was OK as long as we kept at it. Nobody had to share – just take home our page of coloring, drawing. All enjoyed. All succeeded. Even me! 🙂

    Tomorrow I plan to enjoy or at least give thanks for 2 days of fasting on a liquid diet of stuff I never touch, and to use my time to walk in the morning, be thankful, pray and practice being fully present to all I do. I plan to do a lot of “catch-up”… emails (including deleting lots), home paper work, laundry. If it all changes I plan to seize the moment. 🙂

    “We believe that the divine presence is everywhere.” Rule of St. Benedict – 6th Century AD

  3. Thank you for this wonderful reminder. I will walk slower today, appreciating the abundance of beauty around me. I will stop and connect with the friends, family and people that I see throughout the day. I will listen and acknowledge each individual. 🙂

  4. Terri Gooch says:

    Thank you Heather. I always appreciate your blogs, but there are some that strike to the core more strongly than others for me. This is one of those core strikers. I believe that if more people greeted their days with this outlook and introspection; there would be more forgiveness, and therefore more peace and love and harmony. For those of you out there that have loved ones that you have unresolved conflicts with, NOW is the time to resolve those conflicts. Communicate with your loved ones, instead of shutting them out. Because you may wake in the morning to find them gone. And only then will you realize how unimportant those conflicts were. Can you be too forgiving? I’ve been accused of being so; however, I know all too well that anyone I know and love can be taken away in one breathe. Today, I am going to call a loved one. Today, I am going to begin researching a new meal plan for my husband who has the very early stages of kidney disease. Yesterday I made lunch and muffins for a friend of mine who has cancer. Reach out and love someone, for today may be their last day too.

    Carpe Diem!
    Terri

    • Terri, thank you for your commenting on the carpe diem post and your profound thoughts. Great question: Can we be too forgiving?

      Knowing you, you’ll dive into this quest for information pertaining to kidney disease as you and Craig take charge of the situation in that way. He’ll be healthier that before!

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