This is the time of year to reflect on what has happened in the last twelve months, think about what didn’t happen that we wanted, and make resolutions to do better over the next twelve months. This process has become as routine as many of the holidays we celebrate each year, but I am grateful for it. One of my leaders told me that when progress is measured, progress increases. Kind of related to this, how can we be on course when we do not know what our course is, or if we have a course, how can we stay on course if we never take time to evaluate where we are? We’ll, for me, there is a course that has been a theme of my life for the past decade or more, was the course I was thinking about when I started this blog, and ever looms strong in my mind – carpe diem.
The first stop on my quest to know myself is with a rally good friend. I emailed my friend in response to an earlier email and was trying to share some hopefully contagious enthusiasm. I told him, “You need to carpe diem, you know, cease the day.” His response a few days later was, “Do you mean seize the day? I’m not sure I’m ready to cease the day.” I was a bit embarrassed and wondered how many other times I have said cease instead of seize. However, what good is an embarrassment if you don’t learn something from it, right? Since that time, I have not “ceased the day” again and I have thought a lot more about seizing the day.