No this is not a Robin Williams post
Seize the day
I don’t think it’s a cliche or a platitude. Those would be sayings like :
Live in the moment
Stop and smell the roses
Don’t worry be happy
Tomorrow is another day
Things will work out in the end
Time heals all wounds
Take two aspirin and call me in the morning
Until I faced a possible death sentence illness, seizing the day was just something I equated with the movie “Dead Poet’s Society”. And I still don’t have a good handle on how to “seize” (though I do have some experience with seizures).
I had not seen my older sister in 3 years. She lives states and states away. We both had a very difficult 2013. I was one of those chemo and radiation patients who did not want anyone to visit, nor did I have much of an appetite for telephone chats while I was feeling like “something the cat dragged in” (excuse the cliche). Some people were able to tip toe in… but they were few and far between (is that another cliche?).
Today driving back from the airport at 5:15 am, (had just dropped my older sister off for her flight home), I was feeling a bit spacey but with a kind of heightened awareness. It was pre dawn. The streets were empty of any activity – few cars, no people (well maybe a stray dog walking it’s owner), and the silence was loud. Then I noticed the full moon with what looked like a shawl shrouding it. The effect was, (here I go again with over used phrases), awe inspiring. And I seized it.
*I don’t remember to “live in the moment” and relish it often enough. Maybe it’s like a muscle that has to be built up over time
*I don’t smell the roses – I don’t really care for their smell
*I can’t not worry – it’s hard wired in my system. And then there’s that “Sword of Damocles” hanging over me until I can call myself a cancer survivor.
*While tomorrow IS another day, I don’t want to throw away today too soon.
*Why do I need to wait till the end for things to work out?
*While time may lessen the bite of things, some wounds just can’t be healed.
But seizing the day… I think that’s something I might get good at… with time.
As far as taking two aspirin, let me know if that’s ever worked for anyone.