Friday, March 9, 2012

Carpe Diem

This little gem of a wall hanging is something I purchased at the Sidewalk Arts Festival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota several years ago.  I wish I knew the identity of the maker.  I still love it.  It hangs on the door to my Girl Cave.  The little bells make a cheerful tinkle whenever I open the door.

I like the colors, of course.  Purple is my favorite color and teal is a close second.  But I especially love the inspiring message.

I will always remember Robin Williams in the 1989 film, Dead Poets Society, saying to his students, "Seize the day, boys!  Make your lives extraordinary!"  The film was directed by Peter Weir.  Tom Schulman won an Oscar for best original screenplay.  It was also nominated for Best Picture. (If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend you add it to your Netflix queue.)

Too often I fritter away what precious little free time I have without actually seizing the opportunities each day presents.  I get caught up in business and busy-ness.  I need to remind myself to seize time to be outdoors enjoying Nature.  I need to seize time that would otherwise be wasted on trivialities to rest and reflect and create.  I need to allow myself to be more spontaneous.  I need to give myself permission to abandon my To Do List on occasion to play with the grandkids ot spend time with family and friends.

So, carpe diem, my friends.  Seize the day!  Make your lives extraordinary!

LeAnn aka pasqueflower


  1. I loved DPS - probably Robin Williams' best movie!

    Couldn't agree more with embracing the idea of living each day, and moment, to its fullest, and importantly - learning to live in the "now", since that is all that truly exists. How one chooses to spend time in the now impacts how happy and satisfied we are in our lives.

  2. I like that saying too! It's so nice to pick up something from a trip that becomes special to you for one reason or another.

  3. So true. I can spend hours trying to get stuff done and not actually get anywhere.

  4. Great message :)
    I too tend to get caught up in my to do lists and the busy-ness of the day! I can't wait to go air boating this chance to get out and enjoy nature and relax :)

  5. Great little sign! Thanks for a wonderful reminder not to let life pass me by.