Some might be surprised that the popular expression Seize The Day comes from book one of the Roman poet Horace’s work Odes all the way back in 23 BC! The catchphrase did not originate in Hollywood to be used repeatedly in the Robin Williams movie Dead Poets Society and on t-shirts.
The phrase is part of the longer carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero, for all you Latin scholars out there. For the rest of us it translates …"Seize the day, put very little trust in tomorrow (the future)". Horace goes on to say that the future is unclear and that no one should leave to chance future happenings, but rather one should do all one can today to make one's future better. He encouraged us to not ignore the future but to not blindly believe that everything will just magically fall into place the way we hope it will. You must take action TODAY to influence the outcome in the future. The advice is as valuable today as it was in 23 BC… Carpe Diem!