Dear Son, Carpe Diem!
It was my freshman year in college. I sat in a theater with a small group of friends and watched Dead Poets Society. It is one of the greatest movies of all time, but one scene burned into my brain. On the first day of class, Mr. Keating led a group of high school students into the hall and expounded the philosophy of Carpe Diem…. to seize the day. The concept jolted my senses.
As you prepare for the rest of your life, do not miss your life.
Kindergarten prepared you for elementary. Elementary prepared you for middle school. Middle school prepared you for high school. High school prepared you for college. It can feel as if you are constantly preparing for the next step. As if someday in the near future – you will arrive – you will be prepared to finally live and make a contribution.
As you prepare, do not miss the great and small opportunities that are part of this day. Pay attention and participate in what is going on around you. Yes, grab hold of big opportunities, but don’t miss the small ones. Most of life seems insignificant, but it is in the small things that we build relationships and skills.
Do not miss this season of your life. Do not miss today’s challenges and rewards. Make the most of this season – it will soon be a memory. I leave you with the wise words of Solomon:
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.