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In Latin it means: SEIZE THE DAY ! Live TODAY like it is your last....the future is promised to no one.

It was first recorded in the early 1800's by Horace in his work Odes. Make the most of your present time and make each day worth remembering.

My cats think it is some sort of fish. And, J.D. plans to Carp`e Diem everyday, but first he needs to carp`e his coffee.

It's getting later than you think. As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you DIDN'T do. You know what I'm saying ?

First of all, there are relatives...children...dear friends that you haven't seen for ages. Take the bull by the horns and go see them! If they live too far away and your visits are forced to be limited....at least call often, send cards and put those silly little stickers on them or email and send pictures.

Yes, these may be the LITTLE things in life but there will be the day you'll look back and realize they were the BIG things! Seize as much time you can with them ! Erase all bad feelings if they exist and forgive and forget. As the old saying goes: You have your children in your arms for only a short while, but in your heart forever.

Uncle Festus says: Do what you want....if it's something you'll regret in the morning....SLEEP LATE! (Well, he's also the one who says: Don't play poker with a nudist....they have nothing to lose.) Enough.....!

Do YOU speak up when you should or regret not doing so and suffer from it? Carp`e Diem and speak up when you are angry. It will be the best speech you'll NEVER regret! Uncle Pete is more aggressive and says: Some folks just need a high-five in the face with a chair....most tables are too heavy. Pete says what he thinks...but at the right time...and seizes the day often!

I say, just be yourself....let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful and magical person you are! As you travel down the road of life, you are not obligated to step in every cow pie. Take one day at a time...even tho several days seem to attack you all at once.

The other day, Cousin Clarence tried to be a pleasant person and take the Carp`e Diem by the tail....he complimented a friend on their mustache and suddenly SHE was not his friend anymore. Oh well, try again, Cuz.

Aunt Martha wastes sooo much time standing in front of the mirror complaining about herself and the way she looks. Festus tried to compliment her by saying: Well, at least your EYESIGHT is perfect! Try again, Fes.

Eleanor Roosevelt said: Life is what you make it. Always has been. Always will be.
Stop putting it off by saying, go head and seize the day without me, I'll catch up later. Well, for those who are NOT chasing their dreams, stay out of the way of those who ARE! Hey, there's more to the world than JUST YOU and eventually you will realize that....before it's TOO LATE.

Selfish attitudes are not wanted anywhere near us. To live is one thing.....just to exist for oneself is another. Time wasted with unhappy negative thoughts towards others is time you will NEVER get back. Learn to say THANKS and mean it! One life...one shot...make it count.

That goes for relationships as well. One thing for sure is you will never find the RIGHT person if you never let the WRONG one go.

If you are married, hopefully you have been blessed with a partner who loves you for who you are. Of course, there are irritable times when disagreement takes place....but I say, Never go to bed mad....stay up and fight. Then laugh about it and feel better the next day.

Cousin Albert tells me that it is hard to understand why his wife, Loretta, kisses the dog on the lips, but won't even drink out of my glass. She says: I have changed my mind. He says: So, does your NEW one work? Well, our son did get his brain from me.... Al agrees and says: yes, I believe he did....I still HAVE mine.

Aunt Polly recently went to the doctor for depression. He told her to Carp`e Diem. She went home and told Uncle Pete that the doctor prescribed a month at sea, two weeks in the mountains and go abroad for a week. Where would you take me first? Pete said: TO ANOTHER DOCTOR!!

Robert Redford once stated: My wife's credit card got stolen. It was a relief that the thief spent less than she did!!

Mickey Rooney was always Mr. Carp`e Diem as he was married eight times. His advice was get married in the morning....if it doesn't work out you can Carp`e Diem the rest of the day! (A little off there, Mickey....I think those eight marriages did you in !)

Well, Never give up....my Granny says that: Quitting..Wrinkles the Soul.

Mohammed Ali stated: Don't count the days, make the days count.

So, listen....No matter how you feel, get up, dress and fight for your dreams. That morning cup of Carp`e Diem will change your life !!

Laugh, Dance.....
Chat with all of you next week.


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