seize the moment
Everything comes too late
for those who only wait.” — Elbert Hubbard
(there aren’t perfect moments,
just moments perfectly seized; grab one)
“So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.” — Lee Iacocca
“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid.
Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that
these obstacles were my life.”
— Fr. Alfred D’Souza —
Carpe Diem: Seize the Day
Moments: Making Your Life Count For What Matters Most
Seizing the Moments: Making the Most of Life’s Opportunities
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[“Carpe Diem”] entails the message not to waste a single moment. It means giving our all, being the best we could possibly be. It means dropping what still holds us back, dissolving the resistance to what we are and to what could be. It means to free ourselves from what we are not and to set free that what we really are. Let’s have a look together at how we can seize the day and make this happen …
1. Stop waiting. Start living.
“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” — ‘Braveheart’
Why getting ready to live instead of living? It may seem that there is this to do or that to achieve. Or it feels like there is something lacking: skill, money, resources, courage, self-esteem, preparation, readiness. There is a name for it: procrastination. Ultimately there is no need for more preparation for life. Procrastination is really the fear to start now, to start living.
But this is it! This is the life we are here for. We must realize that the time to live fully is now. Not tomorrow when we are more rested, not next month when we are through with the exams and not next year when the kids have left the house (or fill in anything suitable thing for your current situation).
It takes some courage to say completely “yes” to life. It is loosening the brakes and putting ourselves out there, for having fun and experiencing life now.
~Myrko Thum in “Carpe Diem — How to Seize the Day“
[click thru for great quotes & 9 more ways to seize the moment]
So take action today.
Action will always triumph over constant analysis of information because when you take action, you accrue experience and knowledge from the get go, rather than try to figure out every possible scenario via paralysis analysis.
Don’t ask yourself “What if it doesn’t work?”
Ask yourself: What if it does?
Taking consistent action everyday (even it if is small) will yield results. Just look at the Japanese and how they implemented the philosophy of kaizen to produce the quality automobiles we all enjoy today. It would’ve never happened if they just tried thinking of coming up with the best design and analyzing it to death and taking no action until they did. When you take action, you learn far more than just through analyzing.
You may feel like you’re experiencing failure along this journey when things don’t go your way but remember that:
Failure is not to be feared. It is to be revered
The moment you decide to follow your dreams and take consistent action toward them, they come true in that moment. As long as you decide where you want to go, and keep on heading there everyday, you will get there.
~Brian Kim in “Follow Your Dreams NOW: The Time Will NEVER Be Just Right“
“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right,
you’ll probably never do much of anything.”
— Win Borden —
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