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Gratitude diary!

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Not sure if this blog can end up being a continuation of my previous one (https://jayceemoon.com/2020/04/29/be-positive-a-way-of-life/ ) but I aim to that! The more thankful you are, the more positivity you attract.

Be grateful, indeed! I am not sure when I started to focus on gratefulness, I may have doing it unconsciously before I set it up as part of my daily routines. As far as I can think it was the end of August 2017! You may be wondering why I can remember that with such clarity. Let me fill you in: I had moved to Ireland to make my dream come true (that is for sure another blog, coming soon indeed) and I was struggling to find a job. I was getting close to having to go back when I was offered a role on the 24th of August! You cannot imagine how grateful I was! The following morning as I was driving to work, I could only say to myself how lucky I was, having a job was allowing me to fulfil my dream! It was then when gratefulness became part of my everyday life!

Waking up, getting out of bed being thankful for having found a job was there every single day on my way to work! Radio was always on, so whenever an upbeat song was being played, there I was, thanking the universe!  Depending on the day I also added a couple of more positive thoughts. Eventually, it settled down as powerful habit. Despite having had a bad night sleep, although things weren’t going as planned, regardless of those blue days, gratefulness had become my companion!

Time went by, life surprised me with its weird twists and gratitude diluted. It never abandoned me though, it faded a bit but we sailed the ocean together. Last year, my life coach recommended me to start a gratitude diary on numerous occasions, I guess I was not in the frame or the mood to go for it. Experience has taught me that, only when you are ready, you will find time and motivation. No matter how persuasive others can be, one needs to be willing to! At the end of the day, a piece of advice is just a piece of advice. I do not hang onto any regrets for having taken my time to process and digest things. Just another reason to be proud, indeed!

Four weeks ago, thanks to both my partner and the current situation, I found myself digging a notebook out of my drawer. The right time had come!!! The urge was there, a new challenge had to be set! What an exciting journey ahead! Having the thrill empowers you to go for it! My gratitude diary was born! Happy out, I said to myself!

It is said that it takes 21 days (3 weeks) for a habit to form. After having done 30 days, I can state my gratitude diary routine has settled down! It can be tough to remain positive and have the strength to be grateful when difficult times surround you. Hardship definitely makes everything more valuable! Overall, it has been so rewarding, as well as addictive! I have ensured that I had time to myself to put it down in my notebook, to relish it, to treasure it. I have surprisingly come across more than just one thing to be thankful for! It is easier to presume there is nothing there to be appreciative of rather than cheering those little things which bring a spark into our days.

On top of this, it has made me realise how lucky I am. Having grounds to be grateful for brings along a rainbow of positive thinking. Despair can easily drag you down, gratitude can lift you up. There is a tight connection between gratefulness and positivity: the first one is a strong magnet for the second one. Be grateful so you can enhance your positive way of life!

A smile, a glance, a ray of sunshine, a raindrop, a touch, a kiss. Even in the darkest moments, there is always something to be thankful for!

Even in the darkest moments, there is always something to be grateful for!

Jay Cee Moon ©

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Be positive, a way of life!

It is raining today, grey and apparently miserable out there! It is so tempting and effortlessly addictive to focus on the dark negative side of things. Negativity has a weird power to take control of our minds. In the blink of an eye, it turns up and powerful as a tsunami washes your positive thoughts away. You find yourself trapped in the swirls of pessimism and desolation. Hopelessly devoted to a deep well without access to the surface. Dramatically drained by a twister of blackness. You can help giving in! I have been there, still am sometimes but nowhere closer to as much as I used to!

I think I have been negative enough so far! Let’s be positive, because there is hope out there! Ohhh yeah! Mind can be trained to focus on the bright side of life as Monty Python sang! Not easy but very rewarding! Over the years I have had the privilege to learn from others around me. Seeing how they face and cope with life has been an incredible gift! My creative magni (as per my previous blog https://jayceemoon.com/2020/04/08/one-day-more-one-day-less/ ), always encouraging me to stay positive, reminding me to smile more.

My brother also. He probably doesn’t know the influence he has had on my positive life approach transformation. He has unconsciously been teaching me the power of an optimistic way of life. Despite having been through a lot, he has always held on with a remarkable ear-to-ear grin. Always looking for those little things that bring so much joy. One of his quotes is: “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. Just turn something sour, bitter and difficult into something positive! Despite being a bit younger than me, his endurance to remain positive is outstanding. Massive thanks!

More recently, my partner! He is probably one of the most positive person I have ever met!!!   Evergreen positive mindset. Always carrying a broad smile on his face. He is capable of finding the bright side in the most difficult situation. His action plan is to positively focus on the here and now and to look forward to the future. Constantly encouraging me to snap out of those low moments and walk them off, so I can change my state of mind and radiate positivity. He has given me the last kick for me to hugely progress on my positive way of life path.

The more positive I am, the more positivity I draw into my life. The more positivity I bring in, the more I relish life. The more I enjoy life, the happier I am! What you think it is what you attract! It takes great effort to create a new habit but the outcomes are priceless! A year and a half ago I was driving back from The Hill of Tara when I got stuck behind a tractor! My first reaction was to complain about it, but then my positive approach kicked in! I turned up the music, fully opened the window and took in as much I could: the fresh air, the sun shining through the trees, the colour of the fields, singing along! What an enjoyable experience it became! To my surprise, I completely forgot about the tractor in front of me! It is just a matter of creating a positive reaction practice: we cannot control what happens to us but can definitely learn how to positively react to it.

You can find positivity everywhere, in everything and whenever you are ready for! Even though it may look unachievable, it is easily doable! Get up with a smile every morning. Be grateful for every single little chance life offers you. Admire the beauty that surrounds you. Embrace the sunshine, the rain, the clouds, the blue skies, the stars, the moon. Cherish what nature presents you with: that tiny flower making its way through the foliage, that unexpected butterfly flying next to you, the birds singing out loud, the water flowing down the hill after heavy rain. Breath in the pretichor, the sea breeze, the smell of freshly made coffee. Savour the taste of homemade jam, the joy of cooking, a nice meal al fresco. Squeeze every second, every opportunity. Just take a deep breath and smile.

Life wakes us up with plenty of choices to be positive! Don’t waste them! Make “be positive” your way of life! You will never regret it, for sure! As Buddha said:  “We are what we think! “

Jay Cee Moon ©

The Music of life!

I am looking out of the window, just a miserable dull day. Lots of rain, windy, not too cold, pretty dark indeed. It would have been very easy to give in and feel down, to mirror the greyness of the day. It would have been effortless to let sorrow conquer my mood, feeling sorry for myself. It would have been not difficult to surrender and let my soul be wrapped with coldness. Oh yeah, all very tempting. It feels like the weather is reflecting the anger, the helplessness, the fears, the sadness, the loneliness, we are all feeling today after the announcement yesterday of another six weeks lockdown.  However, I got out of bed with a smile on my face, another day to live, another chance to make memories, another 24 hours to relish. I turned the radio on so the good vibes of songs could embrace me.

The music of life! The power of songs, they can make you cry but at the same time they can uplift your spirits! If someone ask me to arrange a playlist with my fifty favourite songs, I would not be able to just sum up the songs of my life to such a low number. Music is my life, it comes with me wherever I go. Driving, washing the dishes, writing, out walking, admiring the beauty of nature, working, gardening, being creative with my crafts. Always there, offering me great comfort, great company, great energy. Definitely something I could not live without!

Music nourishes you. Music empowers you. Music lifts you up. It is more than just a mere melody, it is somehow the mirror of your soul. I once read that when someone shares their favourite songs with you, embrace them, because they are giving you a glimpse into their soul. I couldn’t agree more indeed. They hold memories, places you once visited, words that were never said, dreams ready to become true, feelings and emotions deeply hidden. They also bring peace to a restless mind as well as suffocate the anger in you.

A song can make tears roll down your face, make you laugh, make you sing along, make you dance, make you want to run, make you feel lonely, make you smile, make you dream, make you want to live life to full. A melody is capable of taking you back on time, letting you fly to enchanting places, of bringing back memories, of setting you on fire, of hugging you close on low moments, of freeing you from tight chains, of lighting the darkness of down day. So true. So worthy. So powerful!

If I were asked to choose a song today, I would go for “Good Riddance (Time of your life)” by Green Day. For what it is worth it was worth all the while! If you are not feeling great… press play, turn up the volume and let your soul soak in the moment of good vibes! Always remember: Carpe Diem as time flies!

Jay Cee Moon ©

What I can do!

Here I am again! I though it was just a few weeks since my last blog but time seems to have flown. It has actually been more than a month, which is definitely not good. Taking into account what writing means to me, I would dare to say, it is a disaster! Now that cooler days are here, now that sun sets earlier, now that life seems to have stopped again, I have set time aside so I can publish regularly.

I was listening to a radio programme one of those boring mornings  working from home. Although I cannot remember much about it some words stuck on me: we are always focusing on what we cannot do, cannot have, cannot reach… rather than moving to the approach of what we can do. Those words made me think, they have been chasing me around since then, indeed. I am now smiling to myself as I admire a flock of birds migrating to a warmer land as winter is starting to emerge. What if they got trapped on the thought of “we cannot survive in this cold weather, we are going to die”? Those creatures are clever enough to see what they can do, fly somewhere else!

As simple as that: when stuck in a moment, in a situation, in a place, … just head off to somewhere else. You do not need to get yourself a plane ticket to the moon but just change your thoughts so you can see what can be done. You will be surprised as lots of different options come to you: it is just a simple click. Even in the most desperate circumstances one is capable of glimpsing some sort of light at the end of the tunnel.  When you say to yourself there is nothing I can do, you are wrong… there is always something you can change, something you can plan, something you can consider doing. I have been there myself so many times. Trapped in the catch 22 of my own believes and deductions, not being able to step out and be proactive in order to reshape my path. The power of positive thinking is amazing and in the blink of an eye I have moved myself to a what I can do mode! As if a brainstorm had been arranged my mind has effortlessly set up a new scenario with enough steps to follow so success is there to come.

I have also learned that talking things through is vital since we are often blinded by our negative thinking process. Letting someone listen to us can easily dismantle our biased approach. I know, it is tough as we have to expose our inner demons but it is immensely rewarding! When our thoughts reach others, they vanish one after each other in a domino effect. What we assumed was unchangeable, changes; what we consider as unmovable, moves; what we judged as impossible, becomes possible. I have recently been told that I am the only one stopping myself to succeed, not that I did not know that! So true, because when we are caught on the lap of misbelief we forget what we are capable of. At the end of the day, we do have the power to change our thoughts so we can defeat the fear of failure.

Our minds are very powerful, they can drag you down to the well of sorrow as well as lift you up so you can touch the sky. Let them fly us to the moon!

Jay Cee Moon ©

Unexpectedly unexpected!

I am back and no time is also back! Since mid June work has taken over most of my time again, or should I say my energy? I spend seven and a half hours a day in front of the laptop fully focused on reading and more reading. You can all imagine that once I log out the last thing I am willing to be doing is keep on staring at a screen. I only feel like going outside to take care of my plants and get lost in the pleasure and peace of some fresh air, flowers and birds singing. Needless to say, guilt has occasionally turned up, just to kindly remind me that my blog has been left unattended. Sometimes, we just need to accept there is nothing we can do and there is no space for feeling guilty! It is definitely not worth it!

Unexpectedly unexpected, I have the chance to sit down and write today. I am going to make the most of out it so I can finish, polish and publish my blog. Candle on my table, soft music playing on, a cup of tea together with a piece of homemade chocolate and yogurt cake, dark threatening clouds, smell of rain in the air, time to put all my thoughts and ideas together. Perfect setting to let my imagination lead my inspiration. All those words that have been boiling in my mind for the last couple of months are ready to be released. So excited!

How many times do we say to ourselves “I wasn’t expecting that”? Life is full of surprises. Because when we think there is no way out in a tough situation, when we get stuck in a place we do not belong to, when we feel nothing is going to change because we do not deserve it, when we believe that we do not have any other options rather than carrying on, when we are convinced that no matter how hard we try we will still not succeed, when we surrender to our self-pity gremlin…  Live proves us wrong! Isn’t that amazing? Unexpectedly unexpected our dreams come true, our wishes become reality and our hopes turn into our present. This is the magic of life!

All our worries, negative thoughts and despair disappear in the blink of an eye, as if they had not existed. We cannot help it but ask ourselves if the worrying and overthinking was needed or even worth it. As time goes by, probably due to more experience and a thicker skin. I have learnt to let things flow avoiding that unnecessary stressful uncertainty. I have to admit that every now and then I find myself trapped in a cul-de-sac situation where nothing seems to be making sense. I just take a deep breath, remind myself of all I have achieved and smile, while saying to myself that I will be grand. That change, that job, that chance will be there for me in due course. Because things always work out somehow. Because nothing lasts forever. Because hope is the last thing ever lost!

Never let the future rule your present, otherwise you will end up not living your life. Focus on the here and now, work hard for your dreams and… Unexpectedly unexpected that door will open, that impossible will become possible and what seemed out of reach will be there for you!

Jay Cee Moon ©

The road I had to walk alone!

It is been a while since my last blog, needless to say my brain has been busy working on this new one. Ideas, words and lines have been boiling up there as if a magic potion was being brewed. A few changes in my life as another dream has come true, greatly unexpected though. And no, I have not published a book yet, I am living in the middle of the countryside! Which means, my dream number three is now covered (https://jayceemoon.com/2020/05/29/dream-big/). I will soon have to arrange a new wish list. We usually forget that life is what happens to us while we are busy making plans, don’t we? With the heavy rain outside, the smell of petrichor is joining me in this new blog.

Let’s focus on the road I had to walk alone otherwise I will easily get lost on the depths of my latest turns and new dreams to be set. I do have to say that when I started the solo path I was confused and scared, but at the same time very determined to go ahead. I just simply knew I had to walk that path, as if I owed it to myself. Willingness can keep you going without you having to question the need of the journey. I tied up the laces of my shoes and there I was, ready to wander the unknown lonely walk of life.

I vaguely remember the early stages, probably because the enjoyment began before I thought it would. Was this due to the fact that I was in desperate need for this solo adventure? I guess so, as being on my own became the best companion I could have wished for at that time. I unexpectedly found myself in the joys of rediscovering me, of understanding my soul, of accepting who I was. What I expected would be a painful pilgrimage, turned out to be a very pleasant endeavour. It is amazing how life can surprise you! I do recall a wise piece of advice of a good Irish friend: “Do not get lost in the obsession of reaching the end of your road otherwise you will miss out the treasure of enjoying each and every step you take.” I kept that in mind along the way, albeit I was seizing the moment even in the toughest turns and bends of my voyage.

Solitude, the big feared one. Doing everything by myself, another concern. My determination made them both fade so I was able to learn to be comfortable on my own skin. I drove thousands of kilometres, I discovered lots of hidden corners along the emerald isle, I walked and walked. I read many books, I wrote down my thoughts, I listened to thousands of songs. I bought food, I cooked delicious meals, I drank wine, gin and red ale. I had my hair and nails done, I purchased a few smart dresses, I got myself nice perfumes. I went on holidays, I treated myself out, I enjoyed the pleasure of coffee and cake many Saturday mornings. I stopped in the middle of the road to take pictures, I went to the beach on stormy nights, I felt the rain on my skin. I bought myself flowers, I relished soapy baths with candles, I savored the guilty pleasure of dark chocolate. I found myself and cherished me being me.

I also came to know that until we are comfortable in our own skin we should not welcome anyone into our lives. We tend to seek love outside rather than loving ourselves first. We ignore our lacks and request others to cover them. I had been expecting others to do what I was supposed to do. That was for sure the most difficult part of my solo path, taking responsibility for my own happiness, for my self-love. What a lesson!

This has been the road I started three years ago today. Many ups and downs, thousands of pictures taken, lots of lessons learnt, tons of great adventures, loads of memories made. Unforgettably unforgettable, no regrets at all! I can only be thankful to have had the chance of mastering the art of accepting myself and being proud of who I have become over the years.

Happy three years anniversary to me & me!

Jay Cee Moon ©

Dream big!

I am back, just in case you may have thought I had given up my blog!!! It is just that my inspiration decided to take some time off, it could be related to the fact I was off last week too and I was gifted with the joy of the outdoors. I guess it was some sort of mutual agreement!

Dreams do come true!

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among stars” as someone once said.

Do not hesitate and dare to dream big!

If you just sit down to focus on the impossibility, nothing will happen. If you get overcome by the winding and steep road ahead, you will never start the journey. If you do not give yourself a chance, you will for sure regret it. Therefore, load yourself with lots of strength, commitment, determination and a will of steel so you don’t get swayed from your way to your dreams! Do not expect a smooth path or a bed of roses! Get ready for lots of stumbling blocks, drawbacks and despair! Don’t give up, go all the way and eventually you will wake up to your dream having come true!

The most important step is to identify your dream or dreams! Easy task for me as I am always making plans! Two of my three dreams have been following me for a while, the last one came up after my first one came true! Let me fill you in with my three dreams list. Moving to Ireland has been at the top of my list for ages. Writing & publishing a book is just right behind as my passion for writing goes back to my early teenage years. Having a small cottage in the Irish West Coast / countryside with a garden has become my number three recently!  

I first came to Ireland when I was seventeen, just a teenager one would say. But the emerald isle instantly caught both my heart and soul. I got trapped by that Irish Celtic deep connection, the rural way of life, the warmth of its people, the beauty of its countless hidden gems and the constant soul healing feeling. Since then, I had always wanted to move there. In 2017, I left everything behind to make my dream come true!  I will be soon celebrating my third anniversary in this amazing island which has become home to me, unbelievable! Those words have been said and written down so many times as my answer whenever I have been asked why I moved to Ireland… and now are part of my blog! Goose bumps moment!

Amazingly rewarding despite the sacrifices made and all those moments when I felt like surrendering! Dreams come along with a price, it is scary but letting fears win has never been my choice! What a journey it has turned out to be, needless to say hopelessness took over in several occasions. It was a leap of faith in the unknown future, terrifying but I owed to myself, it was my dream! It involved lots of planning, considering, worrying, saving, searching, reflecting, working hard and a bit of panicking. Finding myself at the edge of a cliff a couple of times was tough, that dreadful feeling of desolation and helplessness. When you sense you are about to fail, when you think you do not have any strength left, when you lose your confidence… then you realise that when it comes to your dreams there is always success, energy and faith left! You just pull yourself together and carry on! You can do it, I kept saying to myself! I endured the heavy load over my shoulders as I was not going to give up!

One day, I woke up to my dream having come true! All my struggles, worries and low moments turned into a colourful rainbow of great achievement! What a feeling! Awareness of the hard work and determination! Congratulating myself for such great accomplishment! Delight at having been able to settle down with my dream! I had succeeded! So proudly proud of myself!

My partner reminds me every now and then to look back and gaze at the path I walked mainly on my own! The thing is that we easily forget what we have been through, what we have achieved! As I glance back, a bright smile spreads across my face!  

To myself, to family and friends, to all who came across my path and helped me make my dream come true, thanks!

Jay Cee Moon ©

Don’t take it for granted!

We do take so many things for granted, we are not aware that they can be taken away from us in the blink of an eye! I think this is the perfect way to finish my series of positive blog writings, just for a while though! The last three ones (Carpe Diem; Be positive, a way of life and Gratitude diary) all lead to what probably most of us have been obliged to deal with over the last few weeks due to the lockdowns: we easily forget to value of those little things. What a lesson for us all!

Rushing through life has become so well stablished, so deeply unquestionable, so easily accepted as perfect. But the goal at the end of our plans is just a finish line, the journey is what matters the most. Pausing along the way, admiring the twists and twirls of life, breathing in each and every second. By racing through the road out of control we may reach the end faster but we will definitely miss out those little things which makes our existence more valuable and enjoyable. Go! Go! Go! Run! Run! Run! I am late, I don’t have time, I am in a hurry, I can‘t stop now, I need to finish this… Just a few samples of what we are constantly telling ourselves.

Not easy to admit that we only needed to stop and sit down. Really, in the twenty first century? No way! We have to be on the go all the time! We do not have time to waste! We need to get there as soon as possible! What about the “just get today out of the way”? How many times have we heard this? Wouldn’t it be better to just say, let’s enjoy today while we can! But then tomorrow! Immensely sad, since we have been lacking in appreciation for the moment. Too many things have been taken for granted!

All that we needed was a global pandemic to be able to press the stop button! There has been no other choice for us rather than stopping and feeling trapped in a loop of groundhog days! Not in a million years I would have thought that I would find myself in a lockdown surrounded by fears, uncertainty and isolation. There has been a period of readjustment but the outcome has been greatly interesting!

It is not that I did not seize the moment before but the current situation has made me realise that more focus on “the here and now” is definitely needed! Carpe Diem into its full approach! If you are going to try, go all the way, which can easily be applied to the now! Being mindful of what I have so I do not spend time complaining about what I do not have. Being appreciative of those simple instants so I do not fail to absorb the very second. Being aware of how things can be stolen from us out of the blue so I yearn for eating up every single second life gifts me with.

I have been reading posts in social media (as plenty of time was there for me) and I have noticed an increase in comments around taking stuff for granted. The most soul touching words were from a work colleague: “I am never taking for granted going outside again!!!” So true! Such a powerful message! It clearly holds the aim of my blog. Leaving the house for no reason, getting on a plane to visit family, hugging a good friend, going for a drive while listening to the radio, walking along the seaside, buying a latte when out for a walk, looking into your partner’s eyes, getting a takeaway on a Friday evening, taking pictures of random things, admiring both a sunrise and a sunset, feeling the sea breeze on your face, holding hands, a kiss. I could go on for hours, loads of those little things!  All of them are just a humble reminder of we do take for granted far too often!

Live for the moment.

Squeeze life to the full.

Cherish what you have.

Embrace the here and now.

Appreciate those little things.

Never again, take things for granted!  

Jay Cee Moon ©

Those little gremlins!

I am starting to get addicted to blogging, who would have said that? Not me, for sure! I keep finding my mind busy looking for new lines to be written! What a great feeling! I will stick to life experiences for a while as it is where my head is at the moment. Nature, music and Ireland will have to wait!

I have been trying to learn to cope with the little voices over my shoulder for as far as I can remember. I have to admit that I have not succeeded in murdering them, as they keep popping up! However, I am on the right path! I have been through different phases, gaining the strength to deal with them.

Rather than calling them those little voices I decided to name them as “those little gremlins” a few years ago. I think it suits them better! They were very powerful and could lead my thoughts to a dark corner nearly effortlessly. Nasty little creatures! So unreal but at the same time so persuasive. They just turned up out of the blue to take control of my mind. It requires great strength to silence them as well as huge will of steel to get rid of them. Once you dressed yourself with willpower everything is possible!

Those little voices were the ones that went straight to the core of my self-esteem. The ones that used to bring loneliness tsunamis. The ones that took over the positive approach to life. The ones that made me feel not worth it. The ones that fed both guilt and shame. Tiny but devastating. Those nasty little creatures!

It has taken me time to learn how to live with them.  Shutting them up forever may look like impossible mission. I have moved from letting them take control of my here and now to just welcome them and then wave goodbye to them. There was also an intermediate phase when I tried to fight against their presence, shouting at them thinking that would work and those gremlins would disappear. It didn’t work though, moreover they were getting stronger as I was fueling them with my anger. Admitting that the whole situation had turned into a draining loop gently guided me to a new mentally healthier approach: those little gremlins are just tiny and weak!   

Despite them still being around every now and again, I am the boss! Whenever those little gremlins dare to appear, I greet them and immediately kindly instruct them to leave. I do not want to waste my time, they are not worthy as I am, and I definitely have better things to do! I am now in charge, so the power is in my hands. It may sound foolish but they know it! Those little gremlins are now aware that they can no longer rule my life! With my determination I have managed to weaken them! Amazingly amazing!

It is just a matter of strengthening the self-esteem so living together is not such a great deal. Believe me, it is possible! It will not happen overnight but eventually the vicious circle will be interrupted. From then on, life will move from a darker shade of grey to the full bright rainbow. Valuing myself has provided me with the ability to make sure those little gremlins know they are not welcome to linger around anymore. I will not encourage them to sit down for a cup of tea. They will just come and go.

Once you believe in yourself, the impossible becomes possible!!!

Jay Cee Moon ©

Carpe Diem!

I was working on another blog writing but it seems that my inspiration has decided to stop working on that side! Mainly because the topic of this new one was constantly demanding attention! The power of the mind indeed! In fairness, this is a better one to write about taking into account the current situation. CARPE DIEM!

These two words are so powerful and so meaningful! I am sure that everybody has seen, read or heard them at some point. It is an old topic, one of those that are timeless but I am willing to delight you with my approach to it.

It was 1989 when I came across Carpe Diem. I went to the cinema with my mangis to see “Dead Poets Society”! The impact of both the film and the two words were outstanding, we couldn’t stop talking about it for weeks. Carpe Diem, Oh Captain my Captain, Walt Whitman poems became all a major part of our daily chats! Without any doubts, Carpe Diem was set as our motto! However, I don’t think we were aware of its real meaning, teenagers mindset! A few years later, 31 to be precise, we still keep reminding each other when times are tough that life is here and now, encouraging the others to get the most out of our present. I will never forget those teenage years! I will always keep my magnis close to my heart! Magnis Carpe Diem heritage!

There was a period in my life, in which I lost myself in the swamps of shame and confusion as I said in my first blog ( https://jayceemoon.com/2020/03/27/just-me/ ), when the Carpe Diem went missing. Getting myself back meant, among others, digging that concept up and working hard to make it a way of life! It took me I while though as there were a few doors that needed to be closed. Eventually, I managed to be able to focus on the “here and now” again.

Despite not having mastered it yet I have made great progress! My mind is still wandering on future paths, less often that it used to though. It is so easy to surrender to overthinking, to over worrying, to long term envisioning. Mankind nature at the end of the day. The key to seize the very moment relies on not allowing tomorrow to take over today. Easier said than done, but doable! Once you realise how great it is to enjoy those little moments, you will definitely stop to savour what you are doing. As I have already pointed out it is not that simple, I know I still have a long way to go!

The sun coming through the window bringing warmth to the room early in the morning, the silence out in the back garden on a blue skied day, the taste of a freshly made cup of tea together with a piece of homemade cake. Aren’t they all a wonder to absorb? Even so, we can sometimes get trapped in the loop of roaming around our to do lists! In order to minimise this, I have acquired the habit of taking myself back to the moment. It is vital to just simply stop and cherish that very second we are in. Because as someone once said: “the past is gone, the future is yet to come, so what we have is the present”.

Tough times for everyone right now. We are all thinking that the what we have is far from perfect. Despite that, we can try and make the most out of it. Life is here and now! Whether you call it “Carpe Diem” or “Seize the day” go for it! Be mindful of those little things, treasured gold! Embrace the moment, squeeze every second and soak up your soul with the essence of being alive!!!

Better times are coming, for sure.  

Jay Cee Moon ©