Carpe' Diem vs Carpe' Secundus
Jeffj2 060000A6C9 Tags:  work_life_integration living_fully work_life_balance 6 Comments 3,763 Views
In my last posting, I mentioned that this summer, my family took a 29 day RV trip through North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. We got to see and enjoy many new places, sites, foods, and experiences. This was set up as a "Workation" - which I define as Working and Vacation. My wife and I both had to ensure we continued to satisfy the needs of our work environments, while also tag-teaming on watching my daughter. We would typically spend 3 days at a campsite (roughly one full day of work, one day of sightseeing/work, one day of travel/work). One of the things that I learned the most from this experience was to live fully in the moment. When we were working, we had an intense focus on our work to get as much done, as quickly as possible. When traveling, I did phonecalls from rest areas and not while driving (needed to fully concentrate on the 48 feet of RV and tow vehicle on the roads).
When sightseeing, we soaked up all that we could in the times together. The major lesson that I learned from this experience was to "Seize the Moment" (since the days were filled with so many various activities).
I'm sure many of know the phrase "Carpe' Diem" loosely translates to "Seize the Day" (as popularized by many tee-shirts). So now, I introduce "Carpe' Secundus" loosely translating to "Seize the Second" [I couldn't find the latin translation of moment, or do I just go with "Carpe' Momentus"?]. As our days are filled with so many different activities, how are we seizing and maximizing every moment? Now that school is about to begin again for my daughter, and I am back to a "normal" schedule of being in the office and working sometimes from home, how do I keep this focus on savoring the moment?
What will you do to "Carpe' Secundus"? What will you do to stay fully present in the moment that you are in?
Until next time,