Carpe Diem – Seize the day, from Horace’s poem: “While we’re talking, envious time is fleeing: seize the day, put no trust in the future.”

Regular readers will know Galba Bright. He wrote the excellent Tune Up Your EQ blog and regularly commented here and on a number of other blogs. Sadly, Galba passed away recently. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in Jamaica, and around the world. I will greatly miss his encouragement. You can leave comments on his blog here, or read Dr Ellen Weber’s tribute.

Although Galba worked just down the road from here at one time, our paths didn’t cross until he was almost halfway around the world. The connectivity of the Internet, combined with the blogosphere, enabled us to meet and communicate in a way that would not have been possible just a decade ago. Our blogs, e-mail and Skype kept us in touch. I learnt much from him.

We are all mortal, none of us knows when our time will come to an end. Sometimes it is wise to step back from frenetically shuffling our daily to do lists, to ask what is really important in life. To take time for the special people we know, and enjoy their company while we can. To ask ourselves what our legacy will be, once we are gone.

Galba impacted on the lives of hundreds of people around the world, even though many never got to meet him face to face. He championed Emotional Intelligence and had a wonderfully cheerful outlook on life that was infectious. He made a positive difference in the world, setting a high high bar for all of us. Today is the day to take a step towards building our legacy. While we’re talking, time is passing.