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"Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them."
- Orison Swett Marden

Carpe Diem

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Hello again, it's been a few weeks since my last post, but today I have another wallpaper to present. Ok, I know, we just had St. Patrick's Day, and that is when I started out to get this new idea for a wallpaper. I'll explain more in a minute. But let me introduce this new wallpaper called, "Carpe Diem", which is my fourth wallpaper of the year, and the 163rd overall.

"Carpe Diem." This is a phrase that I feel has lost a little bit of it's meaningful impact in recent times. Many great quotes and phrases are too blasé now. This one, too often repeated without real thought, is intended as a directive for the listener to take advantage of the immediate time one has right now as if this is your last day of life. Unfortunately, when you hear something repeated so many times, the meaning tends to get lost. Just like when you say a word over and over again. I really feel that the seriousness and sense of urgency tends to get lost today with this phrase as well.

This directive was meant for the present - "Today". Make the absolute most of it and don't depend upon tomorrow coming. You are not guaranteed another day. Be thankful for every day you have. And one way of showing that is to make the most of each day by making it great. Don't keep putting off and telling yourself that one day you will do this or that - make plans to actually get it done TODAY.

Even if there is something that does take more time than one can accomplish in a day, at least you can start making the plans to get it done today - that is seizing the day as well. This stops procrastination and puts the goal on a course to be completed. If it's something that is a process-based accomplishment, use today to make that first step, then keep making the next possible step as soon as you can.

So "carpe diem" that action today that you can either get completely finished in one glorious action, or start the process today so that your goal could eventually be completed. By the way, the image here depicts someone taking full advantage of the great weather and blissful serenity of the outdoors. It was important for the fisherman to be there fishing that day. Not everything has to be the most important activity in the world. It's all about quality of living. This is simply taking something common and making it great.

Orison Swett Marden said it best, "Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them."
- Original blog entry from 03.25.2016

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