Unlocking the Heart and Soul of Remarkable Leadership, Keith Merron
Remarkable Leadership

The Poet’s Corner – My Life – by Dale Biron

Blog Entry #2: Taming Our To-Do List

Great leaders are busy. No doubt. That’s not news. Here’s the news. Less skillful leaders are even busier. Busy ignoring the right things and being frantically concerned with many of the wrong ones.

So here is my request. Clear your mind for just a few moments. Take a few deep breaths. Now read the following poem at a moderately slow pace. It’s short. Allow yourself to marinate in both the images and metaphors of this poem.

My Life

My life is not this steeply sloping hour,
in which you see me hurrying.
Much stands behind me; I stand before it like a tree;
I am only one of many mouths,
and at that, the one that will be still the soonest.

I am the rest between two notes,
which are somehow always in discord
because Death’s note wants to climb over-
but in the dark interval, reconciled,
they stay there trembling.

And the song goes on, beautiful.

–– Rilke (Translation Robert Bly)

My guess is that this poem has just nudged you toward something important. That perhaps you have a felt-sense of something that you know would help . . . if you could only remember it. You can. For the next few days, read this poem as a very brief practice. It will only take a few moments. I predict that the “song” of your life will become just a tad more beautiful in your work and home life.