A Song of the Future by Sidney Lanier
Sail fast, sail fast,
Ark of my hopes, Ark of my dreams;
Sweep lordly o’er the drowned Past,
Fly glittering through the sun’s strange beams;
Sail fast, sail fast.
Breaths of new buds from off some drying lea
With news about the Future scent the sea:
My brain is beating like the heart of Haste:
I’ll loose me a bird upon this Present waste;
Go, trembling song,
And stay not long; oh, stay not long:
Thou’rt only a gray and sober dove,
But thine eye is faith and thy wing is love.
As Yogi Berra once said, “The future isn’t what it used to be.” It can be challenging to maintain a positive outlook about the future in times of uncertainty, yet doing so is one of the most important qualities of leadership.
When the future is unclear or when it seems hopeless panic is your enemy. No amount of frenzied activity or thought will force the revelation of that which is veiled and wisdom is available only to those whose hearts and minds are at rest. If your brain is beating like the heart of haste, you will likely miss out on something important.
Instead of wasting time and energy fearing the unknown, take comfort in what you do know. Rather than dwelling on that which you do not comprehend, focus on that which you do understand. Squinting into the dimly lit future will be of no avail if you fail to handle the immediate circumstances you face as close to perfect (if not perfectly) as you can.
Be of good cheer, for as challenging and tumultuous as the economy, your relationships, your finances and any other aspect of your life might be at present, the future is bright. Give yourself fully to the necessities of the moment, invest wisely in the now and you will realize a return, though it will rarely come as you had envisioned it.
Let your eye be faith and your wing love and the way of your future will be made clear.
Have a wonderful day!