Carpe diem…


Carpe diem

(Latin, meaning “seize the day“) 



Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For this brave old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air.
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go.
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all.
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded.
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a long and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox ~


“None of our men are “experts.”  We have most unfortunately found it necessaryto get rid of a man as soon as he thinks himself an expert — because no oneever considers himself expert if he really knows his job.  A man who knows ajob sees so much more to be done than he has done, that he is always pressingforward and never gives up an instant of thought to how good and how efficienthe is.  Thinking always ahead, thinking always of trying to do more, brings astate of mind in which nothing is impossible. The moment one gets into the”expert” state of mind a great number of things become impossible.”

— From Henry Ford Sr., “My Life and Work,” p. 86 (1922):