Easy Like Sunday Morning
Life moves so quickly. Think about where you were ten years ago. A lot has changed, yet it seems like it was only last week.
Robin Williams starred in a movie called The Dead Poet’s Society. His character is an English teacher at a prestigious all boys school in the early 1960’s. There is a great scene in which he walks the boys down the hallway where there keep the trophies and pictures of the generations of boys who went to the went school in the past. Here is a speech he gives his students to encourage them to live in the moment:
“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. The latin term for that sentiment is Carpe Diem., which in English means ‘Seize the day.’
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. Why does the writer use these lines…. Because we are food for the worms lads. Because believe it or not, each and every one of us in this room is one day is going to stop breathing, turn cold, and die.
Now I would like you to step forward over here and peruse some of the faces from the past [the boys are looking at photos from past students going back over a hundred years]. You have walked past them many times. I don’t think you’ve really looked at them. They’re not very different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you. Their eyes are full of hope just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their live even one iota of what they were capable? Because you see, gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, Lean in. Listen… Do you hear it? (whispers) Carpe. (whispers again) Carpe. Carpe Diem. Seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”
Good stuff that makes us think. We want extraordinary lives. So, we create goals and work hard to reach them.
Also good stuff. But life is moving so quickly.
So, in an attempt to slow life down so we can seize the day, we speed up.
The faster we go , the sooner we get there. The sooner we get there, the more life we can finally get live – right?. By weaving into faster lanes, pushing harder at work, reaching for the next rung on the ladder we are going to get the most out of life.
And what we do for ourselves we are going to do for our children: soccer practices, ballet classes, art lessons, SAT tutoring….Life moves so quickly.
So, are you where you want to be?
What if all the pushing and pulling to get there is the opposite of what it means to seize the day? What if our grasping at life is crushing the rosebuds instead of gathering them?
If we are pouring all our energy into where we are going, then we often miss out on where we are.
Yoda said of Luke Skywalker:
“This one [Luke] a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was, on what he was doing.”
The little green guy speaks wisdom – or maybe we should say, ‘speaks wisdom the little green guy does.’ We don’t live in the future. We live in the present. To truly seize the day we have be in the now – to live in this present moment.
We at Tabanero Cigars understand the value of this way of living. We have dreams that we are building, yet we live in the now.
Come down to Ybor, select the finest handmade cigar, have our barista make you an excellent cup of coffee, get one of sweet new pastries, and then sit outside in the glorious morning sunshine to slow down and live in the beauty of the now.