Today marks the 6 year anniversary of HRringleader. It’s been an amazing time, full of new ideas, opportunities and friends. Truth be told, I started the blog as a way to learn about blogging so I could design a training about it for work. I never thought it would turn into something that would change my life. As I wrote more posts and shared my ideas, it became my personal journal that just happened to be public.
I don’t share everything I write, but I share most posts. I don’t always have the time to dedicate to blogging every day as I once did, but even so, I hope that what I create is valuable to you and that you’ll continue to read and share. I also enjoy when you share your ideas with me because that helps us all learn and grow
What I’ve learned from blogging is that nothing stays the same and that we all can use support as things develop and change. I am grateful to each of you for helping me in that endeavor. I once shared a poem by Robert Frost in a post and I’d like to do that again today as a reminder of the many changes to come in the next 6 years…
Nature’s first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Nothing Gold Can Stay, it is a tribute to innocence as well as to changes that we all go through. So often as leaders and as human beings we are forced to lose our innocence little by little, situation by situation. I’m reminded of a time of personal innocence when I first heard about this poem. I was in junior high school and reading the book The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. It is a story of a group of young teenage boys who are coming of age. Through many trials and tribulations, several key characters die during the story. One character, Johnny, tells the lead character, Ponyboy, to “stay gold”.
Whether recalling the prose of a brilliant poet or the inspired quote from an author who speaks to a younger generation, the message is clear. As you are faced with change, do all you can to hang on to your innocence about things. The purity. The raw emotion. After all, nothing gold can stay.
I thank you and hope you’ll continue this journey with me.