I see this quote etched in stone in front of a beautiful cottage at least once a day as I walk down the red brick path to the amphitheater for a program or to Bestor Plaza where I can find the library, post office, shops, and dining here at Chautauqua.
Only a block from our cottage, these words always inspire me to grasp hold of happiness and joy whenever I have the opportunity, and this past week has been a wonderful opportunity with the visit of our son, his wife, and their cutest-in-the-world three year old son.
How often do we postpone joy in our lives, waiting until we graduate or find a job or get married or retire? How often do we take the time to fully appreciate the blessings that surround us? How often do we let joy slip through our fingers as we focus instead on the obstacles and problems?
“Carpe Diem” is a popular phrase, the Latin for “Seize the day!” “Don’t Postpone Joy!” is another way to remind us to spread our arms wide to the wonder, beauty, and happiness that are only an arms length away.
I’m glad I have these words along my path every day I’m here, but maybe we should write them on paper or paint them on canvas or type them into our computers, so we never forget to seize the joy in every moment of life.
What has brought you joy lately?
Thanks to Michael McGee for this post.