Time to Carpe Diem and dance with Life

“If you put off everything untll you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.” …  Norman Vincent Peale 

I have long been a follower of the “Carpe Diem” philosophy.  “Seize the Day” has been my mantra for years now.  Perhaps it goes along, hand-in-hand, with those dock jumper tendencies that keep rearing their persistent little heads.  Whatever the case, and wherever it comes from I do indeed believe that it is important to embrace the wonderful opportunities which the Universe keeps liberally sprinkling in my path.

As an avid people watcher I have observed that a large number of them seem to be completely focused on organizing their lives to death.  I believe that the current business term is “Micromanaging”.  It amazes me that so many people seem to have a driving need to manage every little detail of their day; from the time they wake up until the time that they go to bed – as if that will somehow make their lives run better.  I’m thinking that the “run better” theory is their attempt to be happier, more successful, more efficient or simply … better.  I don’t know about you; but to me, it seems that trying to micromanage life is a plan that is doomed to failure.

Life has this wonderful, or annoying – depending on your point of view – way of randomly splashing spontaneity into our lives.   I love how each moment contains within it unlimited and unknown possibilities.  I never have to worry about whether or not something unexpected will arise to whisk me out of whatever the current crisis or doldrums happen to be … my life (and everyone else’s for that matter) is chock-a-block full of Life’s wondrous gifts.  Granted I have to be awake and aware of them – but they are there – and not just for me!   Life presents its gifts for all who have an open heart and willing eyes with which to see them.

My mother used to say that “God helps those who help themselves.”  So, I do my best to be open to the little nudges that Life gives me.  That way I can take whatever steps are necessary to co-creatively manifest a bright next moment.  I love learning how to be a great dancer … and by that I mean I love learning how to move with Life so that both of our wishes and desires for joyous and positive outcomes are met.  If Life moves to the right – what’s the point of me moving to the left?  It seems to me that someone’s toes are going to get stomped on that way – and I would prefer that said toes not be mine!  So … I listen and watch and do my best to be a good dance partner – the end result being that things seem to be going well, I feel blessed and I’m enjoying sliding, swinging and rumba-ing across the Earthly plane with Life as my most excellent mentor and partner.  Gotta run … I believe I see a dance lesson coming up … and I don’t want to keep Life waiting …

Arinaste (from my heart to your heart)



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2 Responses to Time to Carpe Diem and dance with Life

  1. Jeff says:

    Another good piece from you. I think scheduling is okay, but the incessive mircoplanning of “everything has to happen like this…” is what creates the trouble at least it used to for me. I now believe is an attempt to escape from the flow because going with the flow means “growing” with the flow and that can be a scary thing in the beginning. Within the schedule, it is allowing myself to be open and to find joy at work and my coworkers even though I’d rather be writing and coaching full time :). The greatest gift I learned was giving up control which gives me more control. Funny how that works! Love and light Jeff

    • Susanne says:

      Hi Jeff! Yes I agree … a certain amount of structure takes us to meetings, keeps our cars on the road (in our own lanes!) and helps me to get my bills paid on time … it’s the obsessive micromanaging of every minute of every day that I think needs a wee look at. I know that loosening the reins a little bit is scary for a lot of people, but as you said, “giving up control (actually) gives me more control. Funny how that works.” Thanks for the feedback Jeff! Susanne

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