Friday, February 24, 2012

Carpe' Diem


As found on "The Phrase Finder" http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/carpe-diem.html ...

'Carpe diem' is usually translated from the Latin as 'seize the day'. However, the more pedantic of Latin scholars may very well seize you by the throat if you suggest that translation. 'Carpe' translates literally as 'pluck', with particular reference to the picking of fruit, so a more accurate rendition is 'enjoy the day, pluck the day when it is ripe'. The extended version of the phrase 'carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero' translates as 'Pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the future'.
The meaning is similar to that of many proverbs that we continue to use in English and is a warning to make the most of the time we have, with the implication that our time on Earth is short. Other such proverbs are 'Strike while the iron is hot', 'The early bird catches the worm', 'Gather ye rosebuds while ye may', and so on.




"Carpe' Diem" has been my mantra for decades now. To me it has always meant finding the best in every day and every encounter, taking advantage of new experiences, new opportunities and new people, never regretting a choice and forever learning.  As a very young teenager I remember being incredibly annoyed and irritated when an adult said to me "youth is wasted on the young". I hated the whole idea and vowed NOT to become that cliche. I wasn't about to waste anything! That was the beginning of "Carpe' Diem" for me. I began to live it before I knew it had a "name".  Believe you me, there have definitely been times (more than I care to relive at the moment :D) that "Carpe' Diem" has gotten me into quite a pickle!!! But that's all part of this great adventure which has somehow brought me here. I look forward to discovering where this latest WIP leads me. I have been blessed with quite a number of youthful earth years and have gathered many treasures from the lovely people who's paths I've crossed along the way. I hope to give back. :D

In the meantime...
Happy Creating!!!
Carpe' Diem!!! :D

P.S. A special shout out to Elisa who has been encouraging me and gently nudging me to do something along this line. Thank you my friend!!! :D 




7 comments:

Ardith Goodwin said...

Oh my, I am so excited for you and your new blog adventure. Your artwork is wonderful Christine, so true to your unique personality and spirit about life. The trees...oh, the trees, I am so fond of. Everything is beautiful, can't wait for you to add a follow box so I can follow your posts!

elisa said...

Christine! I am so excited you've done this & "enjoyed the day, plucked the fruit when it is ripe".

Nancy Pace said...

Christina!!! I love your blog:) I am a follower now, thank you so much for sharing:) Have an awesome day!!!
I can't wait to read your next one!!!
Nancy Pace

Akermans Art said...

Christine, love this and following your blog. Your recent works are just so great!

Julia said...

Look at you, Christine! Cool blog - thanks for sharing. How appropriate for your first post to be about carpe diem?? Great job. I really like that your art and blog and everything is all together in one place. Thanks for sharing!

Christine said...

Ardith, Elisa, Nancy, Beth and Julia, had hoped to leave an individual comment after each of your comments but haven't figured that out yet...LOL I DO want each of you to know how much I appreciate your wonderful support!!! And am very happy our paths have crossed! Many smiles, happy creating and Carpé Diem!!! :D

Christine said...

Ardith, Elisa, Nancy, Beth and Julia, had hoped to leave an individual comment after each of your comments but haven't figured that out yet...LOL I DO want each of you to know how much I appreciate your wonderful support!!! And am very happy our paths have crossed! Many smiles, happy creating and Carpé Diem!!! :D