I’ve preached this since first learning the beautiful phrase at age sixteen.
“Seize the day.”
I’ve carried the belief in my heart and my mind for more than two decades now. So why is it so difficult to live this way? To be the person I believe myself to be?
We all lose our way from time to time. When lost and wandering fear can blind us from opportunity and even dull our ability to hear that sweet inner voice prompting us, guiding us.
If we pause, for just a moment, we will hear it, though. We will see. And we will realize that we don’t even need to have it all figured out. Even when still searching for who we long to be and what we long to to understand, we are given gifts. These gifts are blessings of joy and hope and motivation. They are chances to make a difference. They are moments to share gratitude. They are feelings to cherish. They might even be memories to make.
Even on the darkest night the stars exist.
Even far from the path the compass still works.
Even the empty calendar has a full day of opportunity.
Time is short and the future uncertain. But this is my time and the future is mine to make. And I know that one day I will be out of time to do all the things I’ve always wanted to do. So, wherever I am on my path, I will do all I can.
I might even be surprised to find that I was never really lost. Perhaps I was in the right place at the right time and was never really lost but had just carved a new path.
So I will not say “some day… .”
I will say “what can I do today?”
I will do my best to seize the day. I might falter. I might have to remind myself, again, that this is how I choose to live. But I will live.
The world is ours. Let’s make it a good one.