Posts Tagged ‘seize the day’

When Life Asks You to Dance

April 8, 2012

There is an urgency to life that many of us come to appreciate only when it is too late, when the days have dribbled away and we are covered with the fine ash of regret. When opportunity presents itself, it must be seized at once. Such is the raw beauty of life. This poem by Marge Piercy beautifully expresses the necessity of offering your hand when life asks you to dance.


Missing is a pain
in everyplace
making a toothache
out of a day.
But to miss something
that never was:
the longest guilt
the regret that comes down
like a fine ash
year (more…)

There Will Come a Day

January 19, 2010

There will come a day when you will no longer be able to dance. So kick up your heels, laugh with abandon, and give your body up to the heavenly music that even now bursts forth from your soul in celebratory song.

There will come a day when the troubles that now occupy your mind will seem as insignificant as the whisper of the wind. So close your eyes and view today’s challenges through (more…)

Live Like You Were Dying

July 10, 2009

Tim McGraw

This 2004 song by Tim McGraw was a smash hit because it spoke beautifully to the fragility and beauty of life and reminded people to prioritize what is truly important. Too many of us take too many days for granted and waste too many opportunities for love and fulfillment. As for me, I won’t be going skydiving anytime soon, but I will try to (more…)

Cherish is the Word

June 8, 2009

carpe-diem-signI do not like wasting time. I want every minute of every day to be productive. No, don’t worry, I’m not a raging workaholic. Productive use of my time means anything from writing a blog post to reading a good book to spending time with friends and family to meditating to watching a favorite TV show to taking a much-needed nap. Balance is the operative word.

This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good, but what I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it! When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something that I have traded for it. I want it to be gain, and not loss; good, and not evil; success, and not failure; in order that I shall not regret the price I have paid for it.

Perhaps a better way to say this is that I don’t like marking time. I want my minutes and hours and days to count. I want every moment to be saturated with purpose. I don’t want an hour to go by without learning something, deepening a relationship, doing satisfying work or just enjoying a good laugh.

The days come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant friendly party, but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The recent death of one of my best friends only strengthened my resolve to squeeze every last drop of value out of whatever time I have left on the planet. Now, whenever I find myself not making good use of my time, I think, I’m (more…)

The Weary Waitress

February 5, 2009

A waitress cleans up after the bar closes. One second, everything is normal. Two seconds later, well, either she has serious injuries or a very funny story to tell her grandchildren. Maybe both.

Either way, we are reminded of the fragility of life and the illusion of control. Tomorrow, much less the very next moment, is not promised to any of us. Seize the day!

Then again, maybe this is just a commercial for a stool-softening product called DulcoEase . . . which it is! At the end of the commercial is the slogan, “Stools causing you pain?” 

Like many people, I thought the video was an actual event captured on a bar’s security camera—until a friend e-mailed me “the rest of the story” after I had posted it. Actually, it’s nice to know that this wasn’t a real waitress who ended up with (more…)