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Ever have a day go by, or week, where you end up asking yourself  ‘what have I got done?’ You notice that your days are going by so quickly, yet without any real achievements? Worst still, can you remember the last time you were truly happy? The last time you laughed so hard your tummy hurt?

There was a very strange atmosphere in my gym yesterday. There was only one subject that everyone was talking about. Police have named a couple who died when their car collided with a lorry on the M62 in West Yorkshire. They were from our town, Bishop Auckland. It reminded all of us to seize your day and life for today, not tomorrow.

Mark and Tamsie McHale, two well known local people died in a crash two nights ago. He was the owner of a local Hairdressing Salon HairHaus and his wife, who I knew as she’d been a member of my gym. It was all over the National news. They had been travelling on the M62 Motorway and collided with a HGV. It’s tragic. I believe they were both mid 40’s or thereabouts,. Both hard working, and had established a successful business. Their lives have been cut short. To work so hard throughout your life and not get enough time to enjoy your achievement makes me think … carpe diem

Carpe diem is a phrase from a Latin poem by Horace  meaning seize the day.

“Seize the Day, putting as little trust as possible in the future”, and the ode says that the future is unforeseen, and that instead one should scale back one’s hopes to a brief future, and drink one’s wine”.

Maybe we spend too much time asking ourselves “What do I want from life?”

Maybe instinctively we should know that our priority is that we want to be happy in this moment. We have to dedicate our lives to being happy. Of course we can chase our goals, our dreams, our aspirations, but not at the cost of being happy right now.

We can’t, no we mustn’t put our lives on hold, so that we can put all our energy, our every  waking thought into our work.

It does not matter who or what you are, a homemaker, a business owner, an employee a student or an educator what does matter is that you seize the opportunity of enjoying every day you have.

Of course as a personal development blogger and coach, I would tell anyone to explore options for possibly improving every major area of your life and your career. But I will repeat not at the expense of today’s happiness.

We focus so hard on achievement. Making things in our life better. But we don’t take the time to make happiness. How many of you at the end of a day can actually say I did something today that made me smile, it made me really happy. That’s how you should be living. Create an amazing life today, don’t wait for tomorrow.

I admit that I have had a restless night. My thoughts have been about this tragic event, about how short life is. I’m asking myself ‘why don’t we live to be happy’. By this I mean, to many of us live to achieve something in the future, forgetting about today. I ask myself, have I laughed today. Am I excited about life because of something that I’ve actually done today. Has someone I’ve been with been made to feel great by something I’ve said or done. Have I shared a wonderful, loving moment today.

Yet my mindset has always been to find something positive about every situation. And I ask myself, as a personal development blogger, if even I forget to make the most of the moment, and it takes such a dreadful occurrence to remind me, how many across the world sacrifice their moments, their happiness while striving for something new.

Worse still, how many are just not living at all. Survival mode is all that they exist for. They have no goals. They have no dreams. Just live day to day miserabley. We owe it to ourselves to live life not just in the moment, but to find happiness each and every day, and give happiness to others.

I’m taking about a “Live for today Mindset.” I see a simple, yet extremely powerful, way in which we should live our life. It is 6.30 am here in the UK, this post is nearly written. And I am now sharing my inner mind with you whoever you are my reader.

‘Today, I will remember at the front of my mind, that this day I am currently living will only ever happen once. It will never be repeated. So I intend to make the most of it in every way possible. That is to me what life is meant to be about. LIVE FOR TODAY!” Larry Lewis

The future is important, but do not allow yourself to  neglect the present.

I intend creating something on this blog. I know I’m going to call it LIVE FOR TODAY! But what is it I can provide that would help my readers live for today. What is it I can provide each and every day to bring even more meaning to my life, and the events which lead me.

Today, I ask for your help. Please, comment, tell me your idea of what my LIVE FOR TODAY section should be all about.

And I do ask you today, please, share this post. I don’t know why, but I think it’s important. Now I beg you, go and do something today to make you happy, and make somebody experience their own happy moment.

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About the author: Larry Lewis
My name is Larry Lewis, Health & Wellness Life Coach, Founder of Healthy Lifestyles Living, contributor to the Huffington Post, recently featured in the Sunday Mail Newspaper and somebody who went from being an owner of a chain of gyms and fitness fanatic, to a visually impaired overweight and incredibly sick person. Read about my illness to wellness story.
  1. Julie Scott says:

    Hi Larry, Good Article. Sorry to hear about the tragic accident. My thoughts and Prayers go out to their family and friends.
    Happiness is something everyone should experience everyday. That is one of the best feelings there is. But when life gets tough and stuff happens that you don’t intend on happening it can be rough. It helps to have security and a sense of feeling that you are no longer stressed out and can get yourself above water so you can be more comfortable, and then, finally you can live happily everyday.

  2. Judy A Murphy says:

    It’s very sad to hear of the tragic accident. Their families need all the support and love that people can find. My prayers and heart goes out to them all.
    I believe if you have could have a blog to share some ways to show people a way to turn their lives into what would give them peace and freedom, happiness would follow them, and rub off on others.
    People caught up and not knowing what way to turn is a bigger population nowadays than th24wose that are comfortable living in abundance.
    Hard working middle class people are the backbone and glue of that keeps everything else together, in my opinion. They deserve a break!
    After people learn how to get away from the rat race, live in abundance and share their understanding, there would be a lot more SMILES out there.
    People need to go back to the basics and find the beauty, kindness and real thoughtful people that are still in the world.
    Perhaps a chat room publicly would help?
    Everyone wants happiness, but has give up on true happiness, because I think they are just plain tired and can’t see a way out of what they have always done. People are afraid of getting into a too good foo be true situation! They can’t believe that people genuinely CARE! Good Luck on your venture!!!!

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