Seize the Day // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

Robin Williams plays the part of John Keating, a boarding school English teacher, in the film, “Dead Poet’s Society”. In the film, Keating brought his class into the hall to the trophy case and showed them pictures of past school heroes.

“All of these young men were as you are today, starting life with great promise. They’re all dead – and so will you be. What do you think they would say to you? Get up close to the glass.”

As the students leaned forward towards the trophy case, the teacher, in a hoarse whisper said, “Carpe diem. Carpe diem – Seize the day!” Opportunities abound. But they will come to nothing unless we make the most of them. Yesterday is a cancelled check. Tomorrow is a promissory note. We cannot live in yesterday or tomorrow. We have to live today. Moments – simple, precious moments – they’re the building blocks of life.

Yet, we let the moments slip through our fingers like grains of sand. We wonder where the time went. A parade of opportunities marches right through the middle of our lives. However, most of us sit on the sidewalk, waving our little flag, and wishing we could see better.

Shakespeare said, “There is a tide in the affairs of men which taken at the flood leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyages of their life is bound in the shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea we are now afloat; and we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”

John Maxwell said, “When opportunity comes knocking on the front door, most people are in the back yard looking for four leaf clovers.”

A large American shoe manufacturer sent two sales reps out to different parts of Africa to see if they could open some new markets. The company received e-mails from both agents.

The first guy said, “No business here. The people don’t wear shoes. I’m coming home tomorrow.”

The second fellow said, “Nobody here wears shoes yet! Send the largest possible shipment immediately!”

“Make the most of every opportunity. . .” Ephesians 5:16.

Carpe diem – Seize the Day!

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