Carpe Diem!


I have a love-hate relationship with my i-phone, more specifically with its spell check feature. No matter what I’m typing into the thing, my spell check is out to correct me. I may know what I’m trying to say- but my phone acts like it knows what I’m thinking.The resulting texts have sometimes proven to be hysterically funny and nonsensical.

Once, my son and I were texting about some sad incident that had occurred. I ended my message with “carpe diem”…an exhortation to make the most of every moment, to live big.. to seize the day! But when I took a closer look at my message in the speech bubble, I realized it had been auto-corrected to read “carpet dime.”

I had to chuckle at the mistake, but truthfully I liked the way it sounded…”carpet dime.”


Lately it just seems as if the daily news is nothing more than wall to wall stories of tragedy upon tragedy. Natural, medical, mechanical, you name it..  Terror in the desert, terror in the sky, terror the office…it never seems to quit. Yesterday I even saw an article about how “scientists” had moved up the hand on the “doomsday clock”..(Did you even know there was an official doomsday clock? ) The press release stated “Today, unchecked climate change and a nuclear arms race resulting from modernization of huge arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity.”

Well thanks for the update fellas and have a nice day!

How are we to handle the constant barrage of depressing and scary stories? My answer is a small act of rebellion- to accept the fact that the bad stuff happens, but to push back hard against the impulse to ruminate on all the negativity… to imagine all the details, to discuss it ad nauseam with anyone willing to listen. I figure I have a role to play in my tiny corner of the world, and while it may be small, I can still try to be a counterbalance to the chaos…to be positive, to be peaceful, to be relevant, to be grateful, to be faithful.and to seize this day!

Let’s face it, there simply are no guarantees in life. Languishing and obsessing over troubles (potential and actual- mine or someone else’s) is not the answer. As it says in Romans 12: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Live, laugh, love…. carpeor as my phone says- carpet dime!


(Visit the website I highlighted in “Check this out.” It really is great for frazzled nerves.)


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