Seized by the Day

I sat alone in the living room, popcorn bowl in hand, and watched as John Keating—the fictitious teacher portrayed by Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society—taught Robert Herrick’s poem, “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time.” The iconic scene culminated in Keating’s grand soliloquy. Asking the students to face the school trophy case, to gaze into the eyes of those who’d gone before them, Keating said, “[Those] boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you . . . carpe diem, seize the day.”

I was 15, a budding romantic, and this scene became my motivator. I would “gather rosebuds” and suck the marrow from life. I would take every day captive and make the most of it. But as I began to practice this kind of living, I noticed it felt more akin to wrestling tigers.

With age and ever-growing responsibilities…

 

This month, InTouch Ministries’ magazine published my piece, “Seized by the Day.” It’s been cross-published online, and you can read the article in its entirety here.

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