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Seize the day boys make your lives extraordinary

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 26 October 2011



Seize the day boys make your lives extraordinary
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 136
Posted DateWednesday 26 October 2011 10:49 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://www.johnniemoore.com/blog/archives/002460.php ... 
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A post from Johnnie Moore on Living in the present where he quotes from a post by Esko Kilpi Complexity. The new world between chance and choice.
The sciences of complexity change our perspective and thinking. Perhaps, as a result we should, especially in management, focus more attention on what we are doing than what we should be doing. Following the thinking presented by the most advanced scientific researchers, the important question to answer is not what should happen in the future, but what is happening now?

Our focus should be on the communicative interaction creating the continuously developing pattern that is our life.

reminds me of a quote of Dave Snowden's
Knowledge Management should be focused on real, tangible intractable problems not aspirational goals. It should deal pragmatically with the evolutionary possibilities of the present rather then seeking idealistic solutions.

Credit: Dave Snowden
We really must get away from talking conceptually about the future and "Seize the Day". Seneca and Horace understood this over 2,000 years ago.

The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.

Scale back your long hopes to a short period. While we  speak, time is envious and is running away from us. Seize the day, trusting  little in the future.

Credit: Horace
And more recently, in this wonderful clip from the film "The Dead Poet's Society with Robin Williams.

"Carpe diem is the Latin for Seize the day!"

I have blogged about this before in On idealistic solutions.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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