My sister’s house has a ring of rocks in the backyard that was used by the previous owners for roasting marshmallows and staring into the fire and warming hands at the flames. It’s perfect — and she’s never used it. The potential is there, of course. But the time hasn’t been right.
Some friends who moved here recently and just bought a house have one of those metal fire pits that make all those ideal moments easily possible. They use it all the time. They aren’t hampered by choosing the “right” time or worrying about clean-up and needing to make it “special.”
A couple of weeks ago, I attended an Equinox gathering that asked us to sing and chant and drum in honor of the harvest and bounty and power that comes from Mother Nature. The date of that fire was definite and scheduled and ritualistic.
All this to say, don’t think of life as You Only Live Once. It’s so finite and throwaway. So apathetic, so WTF. Think of what you want to do in terms of Carpe Diem — Live for Today — seizing the day we have instead of waiting and longing and over-planning. Life shouldn’t be delayed due to dreading the cleanup of ashes after the fire.
One way to yawp out carpe diem is to link up to the yeah write challenge grid. Go on! Seize the day!