This week I’m Living Carpe Diem. Last week a customer suggested using this choice Latin phrase for my catchphrase, as it was one of the first I learned, I agreed.
Carpe diem, is Latin for “seize the day.” It is a determination for success, no matter what the odds are against them. This phrase is a quote from a poem written by Horrace in 23 BC. What most people don’t know is the rest of the sentence, Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero. Translation, seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the next.
Similar proverbs and statements have been made through history, Scripture says, Do not boast of tomorrow, for you do not know what the day will bring. Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard said, Do not put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Though the source, and the phrasing may change, the intent and purpose remains the same. We have only twenty four hours each day, we should make the most of it. Take the chance while you can, opportunity doesn’t knock on a person’s door often, it’s wiser to answer the door while you can.
Here on the farm it’s the same as anywhere in life, we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, so we do our best when it’s today.
PS. The post is called Caesar because he is among those great men of history who adopted this point of view.