Monday, May 24, 2010

Carpe Diem

"Go for it now.  The future is promised to no one."  ~Wayne Dyer

Last week I received the very sad news that a former high school classmate had passed away, and he was funeralized this weekend. I remember him as a very intelligent, studious gentleman of excellence and focus, and his obituary reflected that. He made outstanding accomplishments in his adult life of the caliber that many of us can only dream of. The irony is that he wasn't even yet 50 so was still relatively young.

I bring this up because his passing reminds me anew that tomorrow isn't promised to any of us. We tend to go about our daily business making plans for the future as if it's a given. How many of us have put off until tomorrow things that we could have done today? If we died tonight would the achievements that we leave behind make people stop to pause and reflect? How are our family relationships, the reputations that we have on our jobs, the names that we have in our churches? If called upon to speak at our funerals, how would our neighbors testify of us?

Let's live today, and every day, in such a manner that we leave our mark. Touch somebody's life. Make a difference. Leave a footprint in the sand. Achieve. Only you know how that can be accomplished for you.


  1. Great post. One the CBS Sunday Morning show this weekend, there was a story about the design of caskets. One designer who hand paints eco-friendly caskets kept one of her designs in her living room because it turned out so well, she didn't want to part with it just yet--and, it was a reminder to live everyday as if it was the last. It can be overwhelming at times (you can't fulfill your bucket list in one day), but if you at least take a step that takes you toward a goal, your reward is that part of the journey.
    Sorry about your friend; sounds like his time was well spent.

  2. Hi Tina! Thanks for stopping by. Wow. The casket designer story sounds very interesting. I'll have to Google it so that I can give it a read later. Appreciate you sharing it with me. I'm always amazed by how many different avenues lead to inspiration; different strokes for different folks, but it all accomplishes the same purpose in the end.