Carpe diem, Latin for “pluck the day,” according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, is part of a larger quote by the Roman poet Horace: “pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the next one.” Horace lived the philosophy of welcoming life moment-by-moment: an ancient sage empowered by a now scientifically-validated concept of a healthier, more productive and fulfilling way to interact with the world.
So, how to do it? Anything. The Universe rewarded my 15-minute walk with a harbor seal in a river. A client’s last-minute cancellation led to laundry. I’ll wear ridiculous socks. I’ve laughed at myself while invoking patron saints Rube Goldberg, Murphy and Red Grooms. Am I trying to brag that I’m some meditation master? Heck no, because I’ll never manage it in a million years. Just trying to offer the broadest possible range of ideas. Carpe decide-at-the-very-last-minute. Carpe fill-in-the-blanks. Carpe toss-a-coin.