With “Carpe Diem”, the philosopher Seneca argues that, in reality, the only thing that really belongs to us is our time. His letters to Lucilius are an urgent appeal to take hold of life confidently and to use the time he has been given in a mindful way. My daily journal (digital diary) on Daycatcher helps me to do exactly this, even 2000 years later.
Carpe Diem – the value of time
A framed text printed on handmade paper had been hanging on my wall for decades before its full meaning dawned on me. Since the 1990s, Seneca’s letter to his friend Lucilius wanted to let me know how precious time really is. Unfortunately, his message fell on deaf ears for many years.
Carpe Diem – mindfulness
Seneca’s words are an urgent appeal to his younger friend to take hold of life confidently and to use the time he has been given in a mindful way, in the spirit of the well-known aphorism, “Carpe Diem – Catch The Day.”
Carpe Diem – be conscious about your time
Seneca argues that, in reality, we can’t call anything our own and the only thing that really belongs to us is time. But this is the very item that’s often stolen from us, that’s secretly removed or quite simply slips through our fingers. While we’re being careless or procrastinating, time just passes us by.
Carpe Diem – mindfulness and the passing of time
To paraphrase how Seneca finishes his letter: “Most of us fail to understand the value and meaning of time for too long. We’re consequently too often not mindful about the way we manage our own and other people’s time. When we see the end of our journey approaching, it’s frequently too late to change our ways. And what few worthwhile things there are left to do are the most difficult to tackle.
Carpe Diem – every day is an irrevocable gift
So my DAYCATCHER journal helps me as an individual and together with others – to experience every new day as a gift and to spend my waking hours in a mindful way. I can not give more days to my life, but I can certainly give more life to every of my days. It’s never too late to start your personal diary!