Carpe diem – Enjoying the Present
Hey everyone it’s been a while since I last wrote something, my apologies for the silence.
Carpe Diem, commonly translated as “seize the day” which to me implies to me a necessity of action. While another translation of this expression is “ENJOY the day” a phrase of simplicity that leaves the imagination without limits.
American culture is one of strange paradox, we work the longest work weeks in accumulative hours, to save up for vacations from the never-ending work we created in our own lives. The age-old saying of man trading his health for his wealth then all his wealth for his health in return has never seemed more valid than when looking at the “average” american.
There is this faulty logic that seems to permeate almost all “civilized” cultures that we should postpone our joy of today for the potential of tomorrow. There is some merit to this, though I believe it needs a slight adjustment before we can continue allowing ourselves to apply this to our lives. When assessing our application of this concept it has some details we need to review, the future is not guaranteed, how do you know the results of the actions you have yet to complete and will you want or acknowledge those results when you achieve them.
First lets look at what this thought pattern reveals in its true nature. If we are willing to postpone our present in order to reach our future one should be fairly certain that tomorrow will come. Not to sound dramatic but let’s get real people, we aren’t even guaranteed another fifteen minutes in life much less an additional twenty-four hours. Can you say that if you got in a car accident today you would be really glad you made it to work on time? Perhaps you can, but I personally can say that I would rather know that I ENJOYED my brief visit to consciousness instead of squandering it in a frenzied pace that only leaves me asking where the time went.
We would all like to believe that we know the results of our own actions. So the idea of thinking you might be able to control your future by something you do today is an understandable assumption. So let’s just say for illustrative purposes tomorrow is guaranteed, how do you know that what you are doing will accomplish what you are hoping for in the future? Nobody does, because if you did know what your future looked like you are not guaranteed to not take some kind of alternative action in an attempt to alter a perceived element thus ultimately changing your future to something else. Even stranger than that you could try to change something but instead end up with the same result regardless of how you changed the process.
Alright, so lets put all the theoretical time travel nonsense aside, along with the notion that nothing is guaranteed. Let’s look at something very simple I think everyone should be able to relate to. How do you know that when your hopeful future arrives you will recognize it or appreciate it?
Two different thoughts with the same implications, to be able to know when you are physical destination is fairly easy we have all kinds of environmental cues that help in that process. Though arriving at a temporal location is a little harder to identify there is no welcome sign for you. Can you truly quantify what result you are working for? Will you be able to release your long-established survival mechanisms when they no longer serve a purpose? Everyone would like to provide an easy answer for this but until that moment comes then you will never be able to answer it honestly.
How often have you thought you would like something only to find out you had no idea what it would be like? Let’s look at this in a simple term and I’ll allow you to expand it into the other realms of reality. Have you ever gone to a restaurant, ordered your food then when it arrived you think, “I thought I was getting something else”? Has there ever been a time in your life when you tried something you know you ENJOYED thoroughly in the past but now it seems like you can’t imagine what you use to like about it? We have all done these things as this is one of the unique characteristics of life that makes it interesting.
Now all this talk about ENJOYING the present does not mean you should abandon the future, simply do not deny an opportunity to do something that you truly believes makes your life more ENJOYABLE under the pretense of being able to afford that pleasure in the future. I feel all of this advice warrants at least a simple addition of letting all of my readers know this whole thought process comes from an understanding of applied practice of the golden rule which is, treat others as you want to be treated. What I mean by this is I am not advising anyone to do something reckless or malicious for the simple-minded response of “this is what makes me happy” as that is a perversion of what we all know to be true.
Just remember that tomorrow was never promised to anyone, our actions can only influence our future not change it and start defining what future you are looking for that way when it arrives you will notice it. I would be very grateful if you take some time out of your day to do something you ENJOY and share it with someone you love.
As always you are worth MORE THAN GOLD.
THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU,