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A Quick Reminder to Seize the Day as a Husband and Father


Marcus Aurelius wrote, “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…” Do you recognize this as a dad?

Do you realize that when you wake up in the morning, you are privileged—not only to be alive—but to be a husband and father? Here is a quick reminder to seize the day as a husband and father. 

A Quick Reminder to Seize the Day as a Husband and Father

Late last night I was looking through some history about the local area I live in of Shorter, Alabama. This was an old stagecoach stop for many years while this land was untamed. Hundreds of years before that a major Creek Indian trail (Old Federal Road which runs in front of my home).

I came across this quote from a General who lived in this area over 150 years ago. He was writing to a dear friend and reflecting on how fast life and opportunities pass us by.



May 2, 1857

My old friend,

When I look back on things as they were and what they are now, it makes me feel — as I am — old. You and I have lived in fast times, which our heads will show, my friend; so, let it rock on — we will only sleep the sounder when it comes to our time to rest.

Yours truly, old friend,




The quote reminded me: “Seize every opportunity, Mitch. Love your wife, your family, friends, and life as if it was your last. Savor the positive. Forgive the negative. Look to the good behind you as well as before you.”

After reading it, I wrote a few emails to friends thanking them for their friendship, wrote my wife a note, and kissed my granddaughter on the cheek while she was sleeping.

Seize the day.

Take a moment and consider one thing you can do right now to help you seize the day. 


Motivation to Seize the Day

Here are a few “Seize the day” quotes to remind you about the importance of living each day on purpose: 

  • “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” —C. S. Lewis
  • “Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely.” —Thomas P. Murphy
  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” —Steve Jobs
  • “Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today, let us begin.” —Mother Teresa
  • “Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.” —Walt Whitman