Friday, 14 January 2011

Carpe Diem and Mothers' day classic.

There are been so much sadness and tragedy the last week with floods of biblical proportions across 2/3 of Queensland , NSW and now in Victoria (and even in Brazil I heard this morning 300 lives lost to flood). Bushfires rage in Western Australia. When will in end ?

l've struggled to know what to say.

Across the internetz we have seen a wife (mum of 2 littlies) prepare to farewell her husband (today RIP Tony) and we've been reading heartbreaking stories of courage amidst the tragic loss of life & destruction.

We 've been watching horrific scenes on our TV's that will never be forgotten least of all by those who were there...

It made me contemplate my own worries and grievances more closely... really what do I have to complain about. Everything seems so small in comparison.

I just want to seize every day. Life is short we never know what is waiting in the wings for ourselves or the ones we love. We don't have to wait ...

Carpe diem ('seize the day') is a phrase from a Latin poem by Horace (see "Source" section below) that has become an aphorism. It is popularly translated as "seize the day". Carpe literally means "to pick, pluck, pluck off, cull, crop, gather", but Ovid used the word in the sense of, "To enjoy, seize, use, make use of".Wikipedia
We each hold all the moments of our life in our grasp and what we make it of determines who we are. Every day we hold opportunity or excuses.

I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dripped it carelessly, Ah! I didn't know, I held opportunity. ~Hazel Lee
I have a goal to get fit and run the C25k running program. My weight is ok , though I have grown wider than I wanted to over the last few months :).

I needed a challenge and a goal to keep me motivated , to take this opportunity and use it purposefully.

I found it in the Mothers' day Classic. I am hoping to run and raise money for Breast cancer at the same time. An honorable cause because Breast cancer affects so many of my sisterhood.


I'm joining in with Naomi and others who are motivating each other to get fit and if we are able to walk or run the MDC on May 8th. We will link up and encourage each other. I couldn't post it on Tuesday and even yesterday I felt doubtful because talking about getting fit is kind of trivial at the moment.

Today I know life goes on ...and we should take every opportunity.

Life is too short and you only get one go , so kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly. Practice a little more prayer with a little less worry, a little more patience and a lot less hurry.
Think deeply about what you can do to lighten one anothers' load as you keep safe & laugh in the light today...
If you are financially able please donate to the Queensland flood appeal here

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Naomi said...

What a wonderful post. Inspiring, compassionate... thank you.


Tropical Mum said...

That quote by Hazel Lee is wonderful. I hadn't heard that one before.

Thanks for joining in the fun. I look forward to reading about your reaching your goal.

Best of Luck!

Jayne said...

Fab post, Trish, good luck! xxx

MultipleMum said...

Good for your Trish :)

I am back pounding the pavement myself. first the sunrun in Feb and then the Mother's Day classic.

It will be fun!

Carpe Diem

Kymmie said...

Thanks so much for this post. It's been a truly horrible week, and I've found myself lost for words too. (oh, and I'm starting to walk again, come Monday.) xx

Beet said...

I really admire your attitude of gratitude Trish.

good luck with the Mother's Day Classic!

Cathy said...

Best of luck with the run! Indeed, life is short and we must treasure every moment we are given.

I cried so much watching and reading stories from the flood affected areas in was just heartbreaking and impossible to comprehend :( I too felt I needed to write about it on my blog - strangely, I had written a very similar post 2 years earlier (re the Victorian bushfires). I also made a donation to the appeal - it was hard not to after hearing such sad stories.

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