Admonition to seize the pleasures and the opportunity of the moment without concern for the future.
Doing the best at the moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. Oprah Winfrey
Nothing is worth more than this day. Johan W Goethe
Each day comes bearing its gifts. Unite the ribbons. Ann Ruth Schabacker
The only place in time that we can do anything that affects our lives is in the present moment. The past is gone and the future is yet to be. The past can teach us, but it is only in the present that we can do anything to improve our lot in life. “Carpe Diem” which means “Seize the Day” is wise and profound advice. The moment of opportunity is now, not yesterday, and not tomorrow. What we do now is that which affects tomorrow. If we do not act now, in the present moment, that opportunity has now slipped into the history of the past. We start over again; we are faced with the need to act now, or the same thing will happen. The moment of opportunity slips into the past. It is never in the future that we can act; it is always in the present moment that we must do something or lose the opportunity.
Many of us procrastinate; many of us daydream and the majority of us dread doing things that take us out of our comfort zone. All of our uncertainties, our doubts, our fears, and our worries hold us back and prevent us from taking advantage of the moment of opportunity. That moment is always “now”. The truth is that if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten. If you are to ever make any changes in your life, you must act now. We do not have control over the past, nor can we have control of the future. The only thing we control is this present moment in time. It is in this sense that we have total control. I have the capability of being conscious of this very present moment, I can take control away from my subconscious mind, and in so doing I can make a conscious and thought-out decision that will change my life for the better. If I can do this once, I can do it over and over again. Your life can sky-rocket forward.
By learning to act in the present moment and by taking conscious control of our decision making process we can become our own extremely powerful agent of change. In so doing we can grow and develop the way we were meant to be. We can in so many respect control our own destinies.
Challenge: Stop! Be aware of this moment. Now it is gone. Your life is comprised of these moments. It is the only opportunity that you have to make changes to your life. You can waste your time and your opportunities by allowing these moments to slip into the past. Learn to raise your level of consciousness. Be aware of the present moment. Start taking action. Do it now. Seize the opportunity. Wow, there is so much that you can accomplish.
Wisdom: I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. Abraham Maslow
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7
Today is a day that the Lord hath made. Let us be glad and rejoice in it. Ecclesiastes Psalm 118:23
The most important way in which to seize this day and make the most of life and all opportunities going forward is to truly realize that we need God in our lives. If we do not come to this realization, we are and will be doomed to fail at mastering and triumphing over this thing called life. If we fail at this, we will have missed out in the past and will continue to miss out in the future. The most important thing we do can right now is to know God.
Prayer: Help me to seize this day and the moments there of. Help me to use it wisely and unto your glory.