For me, one of the most poignant song lyrics comes from Pink Floyd’s classic album “The Dark Side of the Moon.” Pink Floyd’s “Time” offers the quintessential lament over the irretrievable passage of time:
“Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way. . . .
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.”
I think about this — and Pink Floyd’s subtle message. And each day, I wonder just what I will accomplish. I’m sure we all do. Most of us feel we are here for a reason. We want to make an impact. We want to live up to potential. We want to have value. Make a contribution.
As inspiration, I like the challenge that comes from one of Goethe’s couplets (which has hung for years in my office): “Whatever you can do, or dream you can. . . . . begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”