Carpe Diem. Seize the Day. Make your life extraordinary. A quote I think from the film Dead Poets Society which I remember quite overwhelmed me at the time. My house-mate and I went to see it at the National Film Theatre on the South Bank in London. Back in the late 80s it was the place to go if you couldn’t afford West End cinema prices, were prepared to wait several months for the big films to come round, and fancied yourself as a bit of a film buff. I ticked all three boxes back then!
I don’t know about you, but I’m often either thinking ahead, planning, dreaming, strategising; or reminiscing about the past. So much so that I forget about NOW.
I’ve spent time over the last months thinking about routine vs spontaneity. I like to plan, and to some extent I also like a degree of order in my life. I’ve noticed though that this can tip the scales unhelpfully towards routine, which is something I dislike intensely. Especially in relationships. When routine comes along, it robs me of opportunities for spontaneity, of being present in the moment and experiencing sudden moments of joy.
Writing my blog, journaling, meditating, all help me focus on today, right now, and making the most of what’s in my life in the present.
Here’s a quote I hadn’t heard before which I’ll share with you, by Alice Morse Earle:
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”
Have you got the balance right?