PERSPECTIVES: ZEST IN EVERY DAY

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“Carpe Diem!”

 

“Carpe Diem” – the essence of which is to do what you can to enjoy today AND act on what will make for a better tomorrow.

Today is a Gift, a Present to be unwrapped. It is what we do whilst unwrapping our allotted 24 hours a day that will shape our future and set us apart from others.

It has been said that you are a good reflection of the latest three books you have read and your four closest friends. “Carpe Diem”.

 

Physical

If you want to get something done, give it to a busy person – or do it yourself. Busy people have learnt to manage their life and get the most out of every day.

You can choose to get out of bed early and go for a walk, a swim, a work-out before you start your busy day – oxygenated and pumped with a reserve of energy – or laze in bed till you HAVE to get up and dash to work. “Carpe Diem”.

 

Social

People enjoy engaging with those who are energetic and zestful, fun to work with and inspiring to talk to.

See the world as a community, not just as 8 billion individuals. Connect with the people around you during the course of a morning or a lunchtime. You will soon feel both relaxed and re-energized. If you work in an office, go chat with a colleague rather than send an email.

Today’s tech-driven life has diminished much – including the relationships that were built and strengthened around the “Ten o’clock Tea Trolley” and a chat at the water cooler – can anyone remember those? Thankfully in later life I was blessed with a few good friends who would come around and invite me for regular tea breaks – which became an institution, cookies and all – after which we would all return to our desks, refreshed and having further cemented our friendships. “Carpe Diem”.

 

Mental

Many people – as they age – simultaneously develop a fear of ageing as well as a sense of freedom to do certain things that had been holding them back earlier in life. When Arthur Rubenstein was asked at the age of 88 why his piano-artistry had more freedom and a feeling of fun about them, he replied that he was now playing for himself, not an audience anymore. What an insight:

  • Play Life for yourself, not for the audience!

 

Emotional

Follow your passions, your purpose, and your dreams – do not hesitate or wait for a better time which may never come. In fact, go out and create your own “better time”. ”Carpe Diem”.

 

Intellectual

No-one denies that inspiration may come in a flash. But works of art are not done in seconds or minutes. Great composers do not set about working because they are inspired. They become inspired because of, and as they are working.

Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and others set about their work day after day after day writing moving music – not necessarily waiting for a flash of inspiration. Case in point: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony was written between 1804 and 1808, frequently interrupted to do other works of art.

The masterful Renaissance statues of David and Moses took Michelangelo respectively from 1501 to 1504 and 1513 to 1515 to sculpt. It took him a further 4 years between 1508 and 1512 to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Leonardo da Vinci took four years to paint the Mona Lisa from 1503 – 1506/7.

And nothing, if anything, can beat any of these magnificent pieces of High Renaissance art in terms of beauty and inspiration. “Carpe Diem”.

 

Spiritual

“Three score and ten”. Such is our life on earth said to be measured in. Some go earlier. Others live longer. Still others linger, and may even pray to exit. If you are a spiritual / religious person, there are days when you will feel tested and days that you feel blessed.

Enjoy them both, since they are the spices sprinkled into your Life. “Carpe Diem”!

 

KEY PRINCIPLES

  • Busy people have learnt to manage their lives, thus do more in a day.
  • People like to engage with others who are energetic and zestful.
  • Many people – as they age – simultaneously develop a fear of ageing as well as a sense of freedom.
  • Passion, purpose and dreams are what should steer you.
  • Great works are not necessarily the result of a flash of inspiration but take perhaps years of “working at it”.
  • There will be days when you feel blessed and days you fell tested.

 

ACTION STEPS

  • Do not wait for others – do it yourself.
  • Connect with the world around you.
  • Play Life for yourself, not for the audience!
  • Follow your passions and dreams – what you see as your purpose for being.
  • Do not wait for inspiration – work towards inspiration.
  • Enjoy every single day of your life – both days on which you feel blessed and days you feel tested.

 

(“PERSPECTIVES” are excerpts from my forthcoming book of the same name, to be published by Partridge Publications in early 2015.)

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