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Carpe Diem

Seizing My 60s Because It Could Be My Last Good Decade

Carol Bryant | Posted 10.25.2016 | Fifty
Carol Bryant

The room is dark. The technician is polite ... professional ... distant. 'Any history of cancer?' she asks. Cancer? God no. We're looking for gallstones, right? Find the stones. Remove the stones. Easy peasy. Cancer? Why did she ask that?

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 10: The Afterlife

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.28.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Teacher: Let's say that you're a high-school senior intent on going to college, but you learn from your doctor that you have only six months to live. ...

Memento Mori

Dr. Rebekka Grun | Posted 03.28.2016 | Impact
Dr. Rebekka Grun

To take liberties and forget others' approval. To indulge all those who don't know this. Simply, to put things into perspective. Many annoyances lose their weight in front of the fact that our stay on earth has an expiry date.

Make Like a Disney Character: Don't Let Go First

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 09.22.2016 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

I chose to stop. To breathe. And to make like a Disney character and not let go first. I gave her a real hug, not a quick side hug with two swift back pats (as if to say "there, there"), and then moving on to the next task. This hug refocused our attention and our hearts on what matters most: the moment.

Just Eat the Damn Cake

Mara Shapiro | Posted 05.26.2016 | Women
Mara Shapiro

This week I heard the really sad news about the death of a woman that I may have met once or twice or maybe more or maybe not at all. I know her name, and I'm straining to remember her face other than how I've seen in pictures. She was young. She died in her sleep.

What We Can Learn From Nietzsche About Living With Our Mistakes

Pacific Standard | Jared Keller | Posted 04.20.2015 | Home

From 2012 to 2014, it seemed America’s mantra had nothing to do with any sort of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” mumbo jumbo, or ev...

Why I Will Never Carpe Diem Again

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 04.04.2015 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

When we let go and stop trying to force our days to bend to our stubborn wills, the moments that make our days worthy of remembering will find us, and if we are willing and ready, they will seize us, enrapturing us in its loving grip.

This Video Uses Legos To Remind Us Of Our Own Mortality

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living

Thinking about the inevitability of death isn't an easy or comfortable thing to do, but this stop-motion, Lego-based video manages to make us smile in...

Next Time, I'll Leave My Phone

Mikah Meyer | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Mikah Meyer

On two separate occasions this past weekend, I purposely left my smartphone at home. While I admit the initial motivation came because I didn't want a large bump in my tight-fitting suit, the benefits turned out to be far greater than the contour of my torso.

What It Means to Seize Your Youth

Lauren Jessen | Posted 01.03.2015 | College
Lauren Jessen

There is no "right" way to seize your youth, as everyone's path is different. You are as young as you'll ever be in this very moment, so whatever age you are, don't just seize the day, seize your youth.

35 Lessons Learned So Far on This Journey Called Life

Jasmine Brett Stringer | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Jasmine Brett Stringer

One thing is for sure, if you're lucky, with age comes wisdom, confidence and empowerment.

Carpe Diem, Oprah Style

Ellevate | Posted 12.28.2014 | Women

None of us know our 2.0 and are just trying to figure it out. I change my plan every day. Oprah says everyone of us is looking for the same thing - we want to know we matter! And everyone has a story to tell, I just may not know mine yet.

Whatever Happened to Carpe Diem?

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger From coast to coast, the following is happening in homes across the country: Parents are walking p...

Seize the Day: Make Your Lives Extraordinary

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

A listener, a helper, an empathic and caring friend, always available for us, a smile on our everyday life, a huge smile hiding a deep sadness. That no one could help.

Should I Stop and Smell the Roses or Seize the Day?

Heather Martin | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Martin

Huffington said, "Life is part making things happen and part letting things happen." I thought that was such a great way to look at life. To remind the obnoxious, never satiated, type A part of my being that sometimes you just had to enjoy life and let the seeds you've planted circle back to you.

30-Something, 30-Everything. Cheers to the Big 3-0!

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 05.11.2014 | Women
Tinatin Japaridze

And so it is: I am officially 30 years young. Yes, I use the word young instead of old, contrary to my previous belief that once I turned the big 3-0, life as I had known it prior to this milestone would never be the same again. Period.

The Road to Everywhere: Why You Can't Put Off That Trip Any Longer

Mikah Meyer | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel
Mikah Meyer

I didn't exactly know what to do with my dad's Elantra. So I drove. I got in the car and took my first independent road trip. It was the only thing I could do to both honor my dad and escape the overwhelming pain and death at home.

Remember That You Are Dust!

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J.

That we are dust is a reminder that our lives are fragile, and that the lives and hearts of those around us are as well. So we must tread lightly and walk joyously, spreading love for hate, peace for rancor, and healing for a world which is all too wounded.

The Seizure of Our Dis(content)

Wendy Adams Mendenhall | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy Adams Mendenhall

"Bring new eyes to a world or even new lenses and presto, new world." -- John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent Years ago, one of my children...

This Photo Will Remind You What It's Like To Be A Child

Jessica Rassette | Posted 03.04.2014 | Parents
Jessica Rassette

Last weekend I was taking some photos of my cousin's kids. We just happened to be on a farm with brand new kittens prancing around in all their kitten cuteness and the kids were absolutely eating it up. It was perfect.

Did It's a Wonderful Life Get It Wrong?

Todd Klick | Posted 02.10.2014 | Entertainment
Todd Klick

George's decision thwarts Mr. Potter's greedy attempts to control Bedford Falls, and improves the lives of George's family and friends. But what is the cost to George and the rest of us when we let our heart's desire wither and die?

Carnival Season Ends, Clock Ticks Until Next

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 11.26.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

My buddy Tyrone was at the office trailer window last week at this time talking to a microphone and the owner, who was behind a bullet proof window. I...

What Hawaii Can Teach Us About Seizing The Day

Posted 10.11.2013 | Healthy Living

There's a saying in the Aloha state: "Lucky we live Hawaii." You see it on shirts, hats, bumper stickers, surfboards and -- perhaps most prolifically ...

Live in the Nectar: Blueprints for Finding Your Sweet Spot of Contentment

Lindsey Kesel | Posted 11.09.2013 | Hawaii
Lindsey Kesel

In classical mythology, nectar is the divine food of the Gods, an ambrosia conferring immortality on anyone lucky enough to happen upon it. Living "in the nectar" is a metaphor for existing in that sublime state where you feel most joyous and alive.

Joy Comes in the Mourning: Part I

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

"It is not the length of life, but depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson My dear niece, Beth Renee Pears, was only 44 years old when she died but the...