Most of us know the saying, “Seize the Day”, aka, “Carpe Diem”. Death tends to make that saying SCREAM out to us.
My friend attended the (funeral) service of a close friend of hers today. He was pretty young, and the diagnosis was that he did not have long to live. He lost battle with cancer last week, leaving behind a widower, a son, and many good friends.
Unfortunately, I could not attend the service today, but I got to see my wonderful friend, as she drove me to an appointment this morning.
This particular couple loved to travel. He had a book of 1000 places he wanted to see. I think he only made it into the 300’s, but I was impressed!
One of the stories my friend loved was how he said he went in to use the bathroom of the Ritz in London. He got some stares, as he did not look like he was a patron of the hotel, but he said, “Using the bathroom counts” and so he crossed it off of his list! (Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a picture of the toilet, but hey, it’s the Fred and Wilma Flintstone bed – twins…)
I smiled, and said, “That’s the way to live life. Then even if you die before having accomplished everything you wanted to do, you were at least moving forward.”
I hate being stuck. I hate the feeling of being in the in-between or waiting on God to move. It feels like I am not moving forward. I think most of us want to feel like we are doing something, that we are accomplishing things.
It’s hard for us to move from “doing” to “being”.
I think the marketers take “Carpe Diem”, and sell it to us as materialism. We do not want delayed gratification, we want gratification now. “Seize the Day” Buy that new gadget-y thing that will be out of date in 3 weeks time…
The two things I am writing about are in direct opposition to one another. Yes, we should delay gratification, but I think we have to do what we love to do, today!
None of us really know when our time here will be over.
I for one, am trying to be content with this blog. I am writing. I am moving forward. And, my hope is in “The Tortoise and the Hare”. 🙂
Okay, being a Christian gal, my hope is in the Lord, but I think even the Evangelicals get what I am saying.
I may be moving slowly these days, but at least I am moving…
I have always admired those people who did not wait until things were perfect. They never will be. These people have great wisdom. We will never be ready for the next steps.
We just have to keep climbing, slowly upward, until we reach the top. And, then what?
I guess the logical answer is to jump , but that sounds a tad-bit frightening – Or, maybe the staircase just keeps on going and going and going…well, now I am just plain exhausted just thinking about climbing a never-ending staircase – I’m not in good enough shape for that, so maybe I’ll stick with jumping and then I am done with it.
We ought to do what is important to us and what we love. For me, it is writing, but it is also spending time with friends over a cup of tea, or a cup of gelato. It’s going to church and hearing a sermon on repentance and authenticity – oh, those Evangelicals – you gotta love ’em –
On that note, I will say, “Good-bye”, lest I get myself into “capital T” trouble.
Do something nice for you today because I said so!!!
Question: Has there been someone’s life that you have felt inspired by?