On the seizing of days.


A snippet I wrote in my journal this morning as the sun was rising:

Not a great day yesterday in terms of productivity. It was fine, and enough, but not great. The good news is that it’s beginning to glow outside. A hint of orange is starting to fall on the Earth — my little piece of Earth, that is. The darkness is shirking away; a new day has arrived.

And with it, a brand new opportunity to do something great. Don’t let the cosmic routine of day and night lull you into thinking it’s an ordinary thing. Don’t let this ancient process of a rising sun keep you from taking the fullest advantage of daylight.

There’s something magical about the sun. J.R.R. Tolkien knew this in his writing. Daylight always brought a sense of newfound hope and optimism, but above all, newness. Each day is a brand new thing. Let that sink in.

Each day, you can erase the failings of yesterday or build on its successes — and often, it’s both. You have a chance to be new, to start new, to take hold the opportunities that are just waiting for you to grab them.

Carpe diem. Don’t let the familiarity of the phrase strangle its power. Carpe diem.

Seize the day. Seize this day.