Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Carpe Diem

Carpe diem is a phrase from a Latin poem by Horace and is most often translated as "seize the day".  In that poem the concept is simple - take all that you can out of today because who knows if and what the future will hold.  Will any of us have a future?  And if we do, what sort of future might that be - filled with good things and joyful moments or perhaps something quite the opposite?

Life is interesting in that way - as it says in scripture - none of us knows the day or the hour.  How long do we have on this spaceship called Earth and where are we heading?  Will we live to our 80's or 90's or will our lives be cut much shorter than that?  We can do our best to stay alive for as long as we can - but we fool ourselves if we think we are really in control.  There are so many variables - most of which we cannot control.  

With that thought in mind - we need to remind ourselves to make our decisions without any major delays.  We need to act and do and live and experience all the goodness that exists in our world. We need to seek good opportunities with good friends now rather than later.  We need to grasp that which is here and now - to seize the day - while we still have the time.

God Bless
Deacon Dale