Seize The Day
“Be wise, strain the wine and scale back your long hopes to a short period. While we speak, envious time will have fled. Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the next.” – Horace
It happens this time each year. With the celebration of Christmas behind us, and the New Year’s Eve champagne corks not yet popped, we take a reflective pause on the last twelve months.
There were international triumphs and tragedies, and communal stories of heroics and heartbreak. But it’s our own personal headlines that deserve our most earnest examination. How did we make a mark on our world? Did we enrich our own life and the lives of others? Did we live out the year as we had once hoped on January 1?
For some of us, the answers may not be encouraging, so we quickly jump ahead to making promises for the future. New year’s resolutions are fine, but they too often end up by the wayside.
And so before we move from our past to the future, perhaps we need a reminder of the simple truth that our legacy is in the making – today.
In 2012 we said farewell to some of the greats who recognized the brevity of life and lived each day to the fullest. On the public stage we lost Neil Armstrong who stirred us to believe in the beyond. Dave Brubeck innovated jazz and matched that accomplishment with the way he treated and mentored those around him. Andy Griffith showed us how his “pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating, served generations,” said director Ron Howard. Doc Watson, the ever-humble Southern folk musician and seven-time Grammy winner, taught us that blindness can’t hold someone back from becoming a light to others.
These are just a few of those that are no longer with us, but their legacy is a gift to remind us to relish today as a time of new beginnings – not just tomorrow’s resolutions.
We are living bridges between who we were yesterday and who we can become, but the difference between the masterful and the mundane life is whether we make the most of the here and now. While some languish in their ode to past failures and others give up on their becoming because tomorrow never arrives, may we seize the day – purposefully living with the time, people and resources we have today.
Photo by Chris Shaw