This week's poem, "A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, examines the meaning of life and concludes that it is far more than just being - life is movement, life is doing. Being newly retired, I felt that the poet was speaking directly to me, telling me not to just sit in the shade and enjoy the breeze, but to be up working and continuing to place my mark on the world. Anything less deprives me and the world of the benefit of my potential.
Now, if you will excuse me, I have a chicken coop that needs repair and cleaning. This fall I will sit in the shade, enjoy the breeze, and sell a few eggs.
Learn to labor and to wait.