Quite perfectly called “A Psalm For Life” – if ever you needed a lesson in living in the now, or some encouragement when you’re not seeing results as fast as you would like, this poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow should not be further than an arm’s length away so that you could read and get a quick injection of inspiration and encouragement.
The last verse in particular speaks volumes to me…
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate ;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
We must always ask ourselves “what is one thing that I could do today that could take me a step closer to where I wish to go?”
Can I write a letter, send an email, make that call I’ve been putting off, read a couple pages of that new book my friend recommended?
That’s what I felt Henry meant when he said “Let us all be up and doing.” He didn’t say “let’s wait to see what God has in store for us”. ACTION is important.
We must also be prepared for whatever comes or at the very least recognize that it will not ALWAYS be smooth sailing….with a heart for any fate.
Sometimes when we are in the process, on the journey to – pursuing a goal we forget that every single step is an achievement. We forget to enjoy the journey towards the goal. We forget to celebrate the minute wins en route.
The most difficult part though is the last. Sometimes it takes us quite a while before we see our dreams manifest. This is why it’s so important to have support groups, master mind teams, great friends, and mentors who can help us up when all we feel to do is throw in the towel and go lie down in a nice dark room. We all need a dose of patience. We all need to “learn to labor and to wait.”
Thank you Henry!