This statement stuck out to me for 2 reasons. First our basketball team’s motto this year is “Carpe Diem” – Seize the day! I remind them every day that today is all we have and that we have to make the most of it in practice along with everything else that we do throughout the day. It is a great reminder for me to do the same thing. Seize the moment of every day is something that I have not always done.
The second reason is that the quote is from Teddy Roosevelt, one of my favorite historical figures and he is also mentioned a lot in my favorite TV show, Blue Bloods. His picture as the police commissioner of the New York City police department is up in Frank Reagan’s office in the show.
If you think about what an oyster does – sitting there for so many years and years, just so a pearl can be created – we are not meant to just sit around doing just one thing only throughout our lives. There has to be action throughout our lives along with every day too! Even the event of getting up out of bed in the morning is a form of action that we must take to get our day started.
I am blessed many times over to have a job to go to every day that is easy to get up early every morning. Many days I wake up before my alarm goes off as I look forward to going into school. Now that it’s basketball season, I have the same excitement towards the end of each school day as I get to go to practice to hang out with a couple of great coaches that I work with along with a great group of young ladies that work so hard every day. They are really seizing the day ever chance they can.
Action has been a problem for me at times in my life. Having a job to go to everyday that I enjoy and then continuing to get the chance to work with great student-athletes is something that helps me in the action department. I think that is a major part of getting into action for anyone – have something that you are passionate for in your life. Things that have a distinct purpose are key to seizing the moments in our lives.
Do you have things going on around you that connect to your purpose? Are there things happening every day that you have a passion for? If so – FANTASTIC! Keep after them and look to create new things that connect to those. If not? Ask yourself why not? What can you start to do to connect with things in your life that connect to your heart? Things that connect to dreams and goals that you have had for short time or those that you have had since you were younger. Start to look for things and people that connect to you in a meaningful way. Look for those things today – seize the moment. Right now and start looking to seize the next moment, and the next, and so on. Looking for help? Let me know how I can try and help.