Ever Read poetry ?
Probably not… is what I’m guessing will be the answer. Most people, once they left grade school would have long forgotten poetry. I can’t say that I read much of it any more, but on occasion I’ll go and find a couple poems. I recently stumbled upon this classic piece.
O Me! O Life!
BY WALT WHITMAN
What do you think of this one ?
I read this one and it got me thinking…
So, what will be your verse ? in other words, what will be your contribution ? I find the poem very interesting. I love the way Walt Whitman talks about how we or, more specifically you are one of the masses, but in the final line he asks … what’s your verse, or the way I interpret it as – What will you be remembered for ?
Remember when you were young ? You had these lofty ideas. What were some of yours ? Were they far fetched? Have you pursued any of those ideas ? I think that for some of us, our ideas will change over time. Some of the things I thought were very cool when I was younger were really just a fad. Of course those fads fade over time. Some of the ideas I had are still very much solid ideas today. So what happened ? Why am I not pursuing those ideas. For some of them, life got in the way. Ya, I know that sounds like a big cop-out. But for some of the ideas, it was a case of having the drive and persistence to follow up with something and take a chance on that idea. Be more entrepreneurial.
When I look at someone that has taken numerous ideas, some good and often many not that great… I really need to look no further than, say, a person like Richard Branson. From a young age he continually pursued his passions. He has made his mistakes along the way and he has also had his fair share of incredible successes too. Although it’s pretty hard to fault the guy for being passionate about his ideas and ideals. I’m sure you can go google him and find a litany of information that will chronicle his successes and failures. I’m sure that from every mistake that he made there were numerous successes or is the other way around with every success there are numerous failures or set backs. What I’m thinking is that he didn’t let a small setback get him down. Nor did it deter his resolve.
So what about you ?
What will be your verse ?
I get that not every single one of us can be a Richard Branson. But that shouldn’t make our verse any less important. Every day that you walk out the door of your place, Do you have a goal? I don’t have a goal per se, but I have more of an objective. In a number of my yoga classes I hear a line. “Set an intention for your class”. Set an intention as you go off to work tomorrow. Or better yet, set an intention for your weekend activities. Your intention can be simple. A single word. A thought. An attitude. Make it whatever you like. Say for instance, if you are heading to the mall, maybe think of being calm in all the chaos. Sometimes your objective or intention can be pretty simple. Will you always obtain it ? … Not always, but you tried, and there is merit in the attempt. There is also self-realization in the attempt. You can look at yourself and think why your intention/objective either worked or didn’t work. Kinda like turning the spotlight back upon yourself and doing a bit of self examination.
I think that as you get to understand yourself, you will be better equipped to know and define what your verse will be… O me, Oh Life !