Carpe Diem or Per Diem? Live for life or for the money?

There’s a reminder phrase  in Latin – Carpe Diem – sieze the day!

It means let’s live as fully in this moment as we can, while we’re alive, and deal with the future when it comes.

There’s a phrase used pretty often in the business, government, and educational world – Per Diem.

It means how much you’ll get paid for that day’s work.

So, which do you choose most often? Carpe Diem or Per Diem? Is it about the money? Is it about the sheer joy of living?

Or, are you one of those rare people have combined your work and your passion into one life?

Robert Frost has a poem called “Two Tramps in Mud Time” where he shares this aspiration:

But yield who will to their separation,


My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For heaven and the future´s sakes.

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