I’m sitting here in my blue leather wingback chair, my favorite spot in the house for a cup of coffee, and I’m reflecting…(with a cup of coffee of course)
You see, I’m a mystic, a hopeless romantic, a reflecting lover of things past. I’m also a driven go getter, a hustler, a rain maker for the future. And so I often times exist in confliction, desiring my days gone by and yet pressing into all my tomorrows.
I find that too often I don’t stop long enough to take in a moment, and to enjoy all that is perfect and right in its fleeting lifespan of a second.
Yesterday I was reminiscing in jest with my brother in law Eric about the great music of the 80s and how much I loved it! You see its not just the music I love so much….it’s all that it represents. The people I remember…the precious memories…all the life experiences that surround the times of which those old songs remind me. The “good old days.”
And then he spoke with wisdom: “I’m much happier with all I have now.” Now mind you “all I have” did not mean the possessions that are his today…his house, or car, or even his great studio. “All I have now” clearly meant the wife he loves so much, his precious kids, and perhaps a few other significant relationships with family and close friends.
And it hit me: YES! These times; these moments; right here and now; that’s what matters most. Not all the yesterdays, or all the tomorrows…but today. Today is precious! Today is meaningful! Today holds the beauty of what will one day be “the good old days.” If I’m not careful, I will live right through them, and miss the best parts of all they have to offer.
Several years ago the phrase carpe diem experienced a renaissance of sorts due to the movie Dead Poets Society, a 1989 American drama film directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams. Williams plays the role of Professor John Keating, an unorthodox English teacher who encourages the boys to “gather rose buds while they may”….to “cease the day”.
Carpe Diem: Seize the Day. We’ve all heard it. We’ve all quoted it. Most of us have posted a picture on Facebook with those words embedded. And yet so few of us take time to seize these days, and milk them for all they’re worth.
And so I challenge you: Seize the day. Seize THIS day! Don’t let this day pass you by without telling the people you love the most “I love you!” Don’t let this day pass without making at least one memory that will last a life time. Do something great, and then write it down in a journal, so that you never forget it.
And then…when the day is done…lay your head to rest on your pillow tonight, and remember. Remember all the things that were good in THIS day. Remember…
And if for some reason life is as such for you that not one good thing found its way into your world, then you can rest knowing this: Nate Ridgeway prayed for you today. Because I hope maybe tomorrow gives you another chance for something beautiful. Because everyone deserves a good day.