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A Psalm for Life
July 27th, 2011 10:30 AM

"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

Here, in four lines, is the secret to achieving what you want out of life.  Written more than a hundred years ago, this wisdom is still relevant today, especially when we become discouraged because we are not seeing results as quickly as we would like to.

"Let us, then, be up and doing . . . ."  Dreams are not enough.  They must be backed up with effort.  Striving and struggle precede sucess, even in the dictionary. We must be doing something about bringing our dreams into the world every day, even if we only have 15 minutes to do it.  We can make a phone call, send a letter, get  on a mailing list, read a book, volunteer in some way, but whatever the dream, a fully focused 15 minutes a day can work wonders.

"With a heart for any fate . . ."   Opening our hearts to the possibility of failing is easier said than done.  That's why we have to surrender expectations, delivery details, and the world's reception to whatever is meant to be for our lives - our personal fate.

"Still achieving, still pursuing . . . "  As long as we are actively pursuing our dream with a practical plan, we are still achieving, even though it may feel like we are going nowhere fast.  The very moment we feel like giving up, we are only one step away from success.  Hang on long enough, and all circumstances will change.

"Learn to labor and to wait."  This is the most difficult of Longfellow's suggestions.  Most of the time we wait much longer for a dream to manifest itself in our lives than we ever imagined we would have to at its conception.  But the longer it takes for a dream to come true, the more rewarding and exciting it will be.

During these uncertain times of stress and struggle, it is more important than ever to keep a dream alive, have a goal, develop a vision, and keep moving forward.  "There is nothing to fear but fear itself."

 


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