Thursday, August 21, 2008

Have you got a minute?

Time is a powerful thing. It has the ability to change. Seeds germinate and grow and their fruits ripen and rot by time. Landscapes convert from desert to paradise to wasteland all under time’s watchful gaze. Powerful men and women are brought to fruition and then reduced to dirt. No force in the universe can overcome it and no one can cheat it. We all live and die by the calendar. It’s what we do between ‘start’ and ‘finish’ that adds meaning. The effects of time can be unexpected. It is difficult to predict length of life or time of death. Yet, time can heal wounds and hearts that words and medicine cannot. But sometimes time doesn’t heal, no, not at all. Horace understood this and added the following phrase to his historic collection of poems Odes ‘…carpe diem quam minimum credula postero’[1], meaning seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future. Remember yesterday, plan for tomorrow, but LIVE today.

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