The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
~ Vincent van Gogh
Most of us will greet the New Year with at least some degree of uncertainty. Predicting where we will be in 5-10 years is increasingly difficult. Many of today’s industries and careers will vanish, while new ones, yet unknown, will emerge – transforming our past into a new future. In such an age who will step into these uncertain waters?
A calm voice stirs in the heart of the entrepreneur. Few people will listen to this voice. Of the few who do, even fewer will continue in the face of adversity. Yet, this age more than ever calls for such a spirit and effort.
Yes, the waters may appear dangerous. In a society preoccupied with seeking comfort there are a few who choose to live the challenge. When we step into these unknown waters we place the innermost reaches of our life in public view. Our strengths become visible – along with our frailties. We would prefer to keep our weaknesses hidden for none to see. Yet, seeking to live fully requires the full expression of life – strengths and frailties.
As we look to the New Year, and this day, let courage lead us through these new waters. Realize that we are exploring new worlds of possibility as humanity has always done. As we face these new challenges, and opportunities, trust that our genuine efforts will contribute to our family and community.