Learning from Latin

Posted on August 22, 2013


quotes-every-moment-eckhart-tolle-600x411Much of yesterday was spent with my head in a Latin dictionary as I scoured for inspiration for a new business name for a client of mine. There’s something about Latin words that just seem to denote power and prestige. As for Latin phrases, they’re often beautifully wrapped thought-provoking philosophies or simple reminders of how we should live our day-to-day lives. The exercise reminded me of one such phrase I’ve written about in the past. … ‘Carpe Punctum’. I revisited the post and am sharing it again today. It’s short and sweet but worth a quick read and reflection before getting on with your day.

Last week, I heard these gorgeous words on the radio:

‘It’s not about the length, it’s about the depth, it’s not about the minutes, it’s about the moments.’

Then yesterday, I was reading Dan Millman’s book, The Twelve Gateways to Freedom.  I have devoured his words before and will do so again. He’s an absolute gem of motivation, inspiration and personal growth.

In it, he talks about carpe punctum … seizing the moment.

Carpe diem is normally the phrase that we know and use. Seize the day. But how can you seize a day? An entire day? You can’t. You can however cease moments.

Carpe punctum is a reminder to live each day fully. Life is a series of moments and it’s the quality of each moment that determines the quality of our lives. Living in the moment makes our lives simpler and at the same time richer. It’s about accepting what life throws at us with poise and grace, dealing with every scenario in the best way we can and remembering every little moment that every little moment counts. Whatever we decide to do with each moment, once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

The brilliant Abraham Maslow said that each moment presents us with an opportunity, one where we can either step forward into growth or step back into safety.

Which one will you choose?”

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