Life is uncertain. No matter how well you plan, there is no guarantee that life will turn out the way you want it to be. This strange phenomenon could be the reason why people embrace the mantra of carpe diem. Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero. Sieze the day, trusting as little as possible in the future. In other words, make most of the present time and give little thought to the future.
Talking about the uncertainty of life, listen to the story of my friend. She was called in for a meeting at work on Friday. As the times were challenging in for the firm, she was asked to resign. The news is like someone running a truck over you, stopping and backing all over to repeat it. But my brave friend weathered the news. When she was back in the office on Monday, her boss called for another meeting. She was offered another role in the same organization. She had no prior experience in performing the function. Her boss assured all the assistance to ensure her success. She contemplated on the new offer over the evening. When she arrived at the office on Tuesday, there was another meeting with her boss. The news wasn't unpleasant. There was yet another role. This role is something which she always wanted.
Today is Wednesday, and I am not sure what is happening with my friend right now. But as you can see, every day has been a roller coaster ride for my friend. Her situation is not different from ours. Our lives are a roller coaster ride of varying degrees. We make to-do lists every day. We manage to complete a few small items while the significant ones remain. Then there are new additions to the existing list. Our best-laid plans are going awry. What to do in such situation? Seize the moment. Give one hundred to what you are doing now. There is no other solution. Tomorrow is another day. We don't wait for it. It is a great motto. At the same time, it is tough for us to attain this state of living in the moment. It is also easy to misinterpret the mantra. It is about making the best decision and not about deferring decisions.
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