Carpe Diem

Last Monday morning (June 4) when I was about to get out of bed and hit the day running, the words "carpe diem; seize the day" kept flashing in my mind or in my face. I was probably in that last bit of sleep state so can't really tell you if I was dreaming the phrases or why my mind kept repeating these phrases.

Monday was a pretty casual day, nothing to really seize. Tuesday was my birthday and I took full advantage of seizing the day by kind of rebelling against working, only to make up for it Wednesday.

I had been thinking of my story, Imogene and now wonder if this phrase "carpe diem" or "seize the day" was meant for my main character, Sarah Beth. She is definitely on a quest and every moment is crucial to finding her daughter, Imogene, so maybe she needs to seize a certain day in her quest and make the absolute most of it.

When you here the term 'carpe diem', what do you think of? Do you seize the moment or day and make the most of every minute? Do you kind of not think about it? Is this is a familiar phrase or had you not heard of it before today? Leave a comment and let me know how you tend to carpe diem.

As part of my 50-day birthday giveaway blitz, I will give one lucky person a signed copy of my first ever written story, "Train of Clues" (a mystery destination story). Just leave a comment and a valid emaiil or some way to for me to contact you if you are the winner. See you all in the postings. E :)



Faye Tollison said...

My impression of this article was that you were writing about your day, but then I REALLY read the post and realized just what you were saying. I like it. This morning I will carpe diem! Thanks for this, Elysbeth.

Faye M. Tollison
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elysabeth said...

Thanks, Faye. Although I'm still baffled as to why that phrase or those particular words were coming to me at the end of my sleep state. I just think we should all seize the day or seize the moment every day - E :)

Elysabeth Eldering
Author of Finally Home, a middle grade/YA paranormal mystery (written similar to a Nancy Drew mystery)

Margaret Fieland said...

Elysabeth, I agree we should seize every day. Yes, I am/was familiar with the phrase.

Nice reminder -- thanks for posting.

widdershins said...

It always reminds me of the Robin Williams movie, 'Dead Poets Society'.

Claudia Moser said...

Just enjoy every minute, simple but true!

Shirley Corder said...

Yes, I knew the phrase, but I admit I've never thought in terms of doing it myself! However, it's a good plan. Tomorrow, I plan to carpe diem. Right now, I'm off to a warm bed in a very cold S.Africa.

Magdalena Ball said...

It's a good phrase - it's so easy to put off living our dreams until tomorrow when we have more time. Of course we'll never have more time.

Unknown said...

I don't "carpe diem" nearly often enough. But I love the reminder!

Mary Jo Guglielmo said...

For me it's about living on purpose or living with passion.

Karen Cioffi said...

I don't seize the day nearly as much as I should - family and work make it difficult. It is a good reminder though. Thanks for sharing.

Donna McDine said...

I haven't heard this phrase in quite some time. It is though important to seize the day so we live without regrets of missing out.

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elysabeth said...

Thanks all. I thought it was a good topic as it was fresh in my head. I still don't know why it came to me the way it did but it's nice to be reminded that we should really make the most of each and every day. I'll probably do a random drawing tomorrow morning first thing. I'll let everyone know who the winner is and will get the book to them as quick as I can - E :)

elysabeth said...

Congratulations, widdershins. You have been chosen by as the winner of a copy of my book "Train of Clues". Please contact me at - so I can get information to send you a copy of the book - E :)

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