Nothing on this earth lasts forever.
This is one of those rules of life I usually take for granted (or even deny), but at times it will make itself more apparent to you than others.
For example, my office has seen a ton of change lately. Almost half of the staff has moved on from our office for various reasons, and this yields different effects:
- Without replacements, everyone effectively has a 60% increase in their workloads
- The dynamics of the office have changed greatly
- It’s a very time-sensitive environment, so there’s still the pressure to perform
Was it easier when we were at full staff?
Am I more tired from the increase in my workload?
But am I stil trying to ascribe to keep a positive outlook, filling in my hours each day with tasks designed to make me a better person?
Why wouldn’t I?
When we have to deal with changes — whether positive or negative — it shouldn’t change our outlook on life. Not an easy pill to swallow, but it’s true. You can spend your time being depressed, or you can just try to make the most of each day that’s given to you.
Nothing lasts forever. If you’ve got it good, enjoy yourself and be grateful for what’s going on around you. If things could be better, worry not — this too shall pass.
As for how to truly carpe diem (“seize the day” in Latin, in case you didn’t know) — that’s one I’m still trying to figure out. I hear a lot of “ifs” when people think about how they’d truly seize their days:
…if only I had a million dollars…
…if only I had more time…
…if only I didn’t have to work so much…
All I know is that my answer won’t involve any ifs… but that’s a discussion for another diem.