I used to think of this phrase as an aspirational saying, one that was slightly unattainable but worth aiming for. And it’s because I computed it as ‘seizing’ equating to massive action. It appeared as a mission statement, not a daily manifesto. Something to work up to, a day that would be the culmination of huge preparation, an epiphany of magnitude, a tipping point.
And then today, as I did yoga, I was offered a different foothold. Carpe diem as daily practise, small action with big impact. That carpe diem was actually about being present, fully and wholly, without buffer or compromise. Just here. In whatever here is now. And now. And now. It’s not about changing the day, but embracing it for all that it is, for the happiness and the challenge that lies inherently in moment to moment.
Simple principle, complicated prospect. Because whilst our bodies anchor us beautifully in the here and now, the rest of us is so very fickle. We love to wander and wonder, regress and stress over what was and what could be. And as we chase shadows, life slips by.
Tempus fugit. You will never have today again. So moment by moment, find a way to savour it, revel in it, appreciate and own it. For you and it will never meet again.