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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Carpe Glacies

There's a tendency for us to panic when things such as "snow days" get in the way of our scheduled daily tasks and duties. For example, with a potential "snow day" looming, we can panic and worry about all the appointments we had planned for, all the plans we had set.

A "snow day" can throw is into a tizzy worrying about it setting us a back a full day of productivity.

Alternatively, we can "Carpe Glacies!" -- I'm far from an expert in Latin, but if Carpe diem, which popularly translates to "seize the day" and suggests we make the most of each moment, I'll toss out my Canadian version of that for the winter months in which we might "Carpe glacies" or "make the best of a snow day."

Yes, we can fret and fuss and worry about all the things we won't be able to do during a snow day -- or, we can embrace it for what it is, take advantage of the chance to be snowed-in with family and friends -- enjoy an unexpected "mental health" break from the daily grind from the stress we inflict on ourselves and simply pause to enjoy the simpler things in life - like the fact that we live in a part of the world in which this beautiful white stuff falls from the sky during the winter months and allows us an opportunity to romp around and play in the moment just like we used to when we were kids.

In other words, we can chose to "carpe glacies."

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