Thursday, May 8, 2014

Carpe Diem

            Two little words.

            Each morning since early January the Charmed One and I start off the day with two little words. They are not what you would think. And you may think it is dorky, but this is a phrase we have adopted and have lived by since.

            What is this phrase, you ask? Okay, okay. I’ll tell you.

            Carpe Diem.

            I remember learning about this phrase waaay back in school, but it never sunk in.

            Then life happens. Sometimes life is good. Sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes you roll along, while others you bounce up and down on the highs and lows. It was during one of those lows that this phrase came back to me.

            A while back we went through a rough patch. (See previous blog, "Adios Podunk.") But there was a brightness ahead that was within reach. We just had a lot of work to do in a short period of time. Every morning we woke up we would look at each other and say, “Carpe Diem.” To get to where we wanted to be we had to Carpe Diem, or, seize the day. And that we did. 

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            We seized each and every day until we made it to our destination. And we haven’t stopped.

            I don’t really mean to be philosophical, or cliché, but it may come off that way. Sometimes things happen in your life to make you stand back and say, “Wow. How did we get here?” Or maybe you just realize that life is really short. That is kinda how we started this Carpe stuff. We realized that life is too short to be brought down by people, places, or certain situations. We did everything we needed to, every day, to get out of Podunk and to our “happy place.” Every day since we’ve given this life 100% of ourselves. We wake up happy and go to bed happy. Every day we give it all we got. We seize it. J

            Do you have a phrase you live by? Do you seize every day?

W.P.I.- The Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow plant (Brunfelsia pauciflora) is a decorative shrub native to Brazilian woodlands. It is colorful plant that blooms late in the season and blooms prolifically. Although it prefers a warm climate, you can grow it in a large pot and bring it into shelter if frost threatens your area.

            Although this plant officially grows well outdoors only in zones 9, 10 and 11, it is widely popular due to its unusual flowering habit. In late summer through winter, the blooms open a soft purple, change to a pastel lilac and finally turn to a near-white before fading away. It is this color change that earns this shrub its common name -- and its popularity. You will have all three colors blooming at once on a bush.

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