New Lang Syne

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?

Auld land syne, in this old Scottish tune that we sing heartily each new year, means “old long ago,” or more generally, “the good old days.” It seems to be asking: should we forget about what’s past? Should we turn our attention always forward?

Innovators, Scottish and otherwise, stand always in this place. How can we create the future if we cling to the past? I think the answer is this: we create the future while being mindful and respectful of the past. What’s past is prologue, Shakespeare wrote. The past contains countless lessons, stories of successes and failures, both ours and those of others. The past created our present, and we create the future only out of the “adjacent┬ápossible,” the opportunities that are possible just beyond where we are now, and only because we are where we are now.

What are you going to create this year?

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