I love that phrase from Dead Poets Society when the group of young men was studying Henry David Thoreau and learning how to suck out all the marrow of life. It gives me the most physical and emotional image of carpe diem. Springtime always make me feel like I'm getting more out of life because of the gorgeous Texas weather in April and May. I spend as much time outside as possible just drinking it all in, the warmth on my bare shoulders and the bright sun in my eyes. It all makes me feel more alive.
This time of year brings out a sense of balance because people are getting out and contrasting the winter months stuck inside. Fourth quarter frenzies are over and Spring Break has arrived. It's pretty nice how nature has built in a natural work life balance for us, and it seems near impossible to say "no" to Mother Nature.
Aside from being outside, I've been blessed with meeting an amazing group of women. They work hard and incorporate joy in to every aspect of the work day as much as possible. They have meetings over dinner and drinks or by the pool when at a conference. These ladies are amazing at what they do and still remember to laugh. They blend the aspects of work and life in a new way that I find truly inspirational. They are devoted to their families and share special occasions together too. In a day when many women are reluctant to help out other women in the workplace, these ladies are a true sisterhood.
It's rare that I see this kind of powerful dynamic as a reality before my eyes. They are giving me career advice simply through observing them. Sharing time with these ladies combined with the springtime makes me feel like I am sucking the marrow out of life even when other details of life are fluid. Seizing the day can very much be about moments in the day rather than the entire day it self.
I encourage you to listen to the nudge within, be bold, and suck out all the marrow of life. You can!