This is a re-post from last year which in re-reading, I still found powerful. In thinking about January as a transition point between the past and the future, the spirit and the message of the following resonated for me as I and jdcPartnerships move in to the new year. With that in mind, it is offered as an inspiration for 2015 as it unfolds.
Start where you stand and never mind the past, The past won’t help you in beginning new, If you have left it all behind at last Why, that’s enough, you’re done with it, you’re through; This is another chapter in the book, This is another race that you have planned, Don’t give the vanished days a backward look, Start where you stand.
The world won’t care about your old defeats If you can start anew and win success; The future is your time, and time is fleet And there is much of work and strain and stress; Forget the buried woes and dead despairs, Here is a brand-new trial right at hand, The future is for him who does and dares, Start where you stand.
Old failures will not halt, old triumphs aid, Today’s the thing, tomorrow soon will be; Get in the fight and face it unafraid, And leave the past to ancient history, What has been, has been; yesterday is dead And by it you are neither blessed nor banned; Take courage, man, be brave and drive ahead, Start where you stand.’
- Berton Braley, American Poet (1882-1966)