To Friends

To friends who dare to do daunting things, with no clear blueprint, without much support, who fail and err often, yet remain steadfast and optimistic: through sticks & stones, and politics, and sickness, family and foe, business, doubt, ... Keep plowing - please - because uncharted paths are seldom clear and never straight, and those who come after you will depend on your footsteps. Wounds take time to heal; lessons take time to learn; dreams take time to unfold. Fortunately, our time is now. "it is not the critic who counts... but [you] who is in the arena". Keep faith. Keep courage. Keep crying, if you must, but keep plowing nonetheless.