Life in Four Lines
Let us then, be up and doing
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Each time I come across this short poem it gives me cause for great reflection. First, in my desire to share my vision with others I must commit to the work – “be up and doing”. I must be doing something toward that work every day with intention and a commitment of time. Is there a page to write, a phone call to be made, or a book to read? Second, I must prepare myself for every possible outcome – “with a heart for any fate“. I must let go of expectations of how my work might be perceived or received. Also to realize that my work is a collaborative effort between me and the Divine.
Third, to maintain an understanding that as long as I continue to pursue my vision with commitment, that is an achievement – “still achieving, still pursuing“. I just have to have trust and faith in myself, my dream, and my Creator. And finally, “learn to labor and to wait.” Waiting is the hardest part. Our concept of time, especially in this day and age, is very short-lived, so I continually remind myself that I am working on the timetable of the Universe and that as long as my intentions are for good my vision will become a reality. So, if you are working towards your dreams, remember those four short lines from Longfellow.
until next time…