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Why Carpe Diem?

I have had many people ask me where I came up with "Carpe Diem" as my business name.  Some people think I got it from the movie "Dead Poet's Society."  No, not from that.  Although, I loved the movie and I am a published Poet.  Nope, I came up with the name when I was young, well before the movie was out.

You see, I went to a Catholic grade school and we had to learn a few Latin phrases.  The only one I remembered was carpe diem which means "seize the day!"  The idea just kind of resonated with me.  I wanted to name my first book of poetry "Carpe Diem."  I haven't gotten the book published...YET...but I have gotten a poem published titled Carpe Diem which I share with you at the end of this passage.

For a long time, I thought "seize the day" meant you had to live every moment to the extreme to really be doing some seizing!  But then I learned that "seize the day" to me really means to be aware of every moment and not take it for granted.  Recognize your talents, your gifts and be the person you are supposed to be.  Enjoy life.  Whether it is going on a crazy rollercoaster ride or taking a cloud floating afternoon nap!  Seize the day!  And as my Mom always told me, take the time to stop and smell the flowers along the way! 

So thank you so much for taking the time!  Carpe Diem my friend!

The poem.....

Published: Feelings, Spring 1992

I wrote this poem in highschool when I first truly learned that life could be both simple and complex all at the same time!  One day a tragedy, the next day a comedy!  Each day a treasure!



Carpe diem; seize the day

for carefree times won't last,

when suddenly the moments gone 

as  days go by so fast.

The future is an empty book

a story to be told,

time will give both joy and pain

with memories to hold.

Accept the day with blissful hope

enjoy it while you can,

each day is just a mystery

that leads to promised land.

So on this journey we call life

remember, seize the day,

and take the time to stop and smell

flowers along the way.

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