A Psalm of Life

In lieu of the longer posts I typically write to accompany these videos, this one will be short in acknowledgment of the emotional and psychological toll the coronavirus continues to take on all of us.

Maybe we can take these words to heart for the future:

A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,

Seeing, shall take heart again.

I hope so.

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Mark O'Brien
Mark O'Brienhttps://obriencg.com/
I’m a business owner. My company — O’Brien Communications Group (OCG) — is a B2B brand-management and marketing-communication firm that helps companies position their brands effectively and persuasively in industries as diverse as: Insurance, Financial Services, Senior Living, Manufacturing, Construction, and Nonprofit. We do our work so well that seven of the companies (brands) we’ve represented have been acquired by other companies. OCG is different because our business model is different. We don’t bill by the hour or the project. We don’t bill by time or materials. We don’t mark anything up. We don’t take media commissions. We pass through every expense incurred on behalf of our clients at net. We scope the work, price the work, put beginning and end dates on our engagements, and charge flat, consistent fees every month for the terms of the engagements. I’m also a writer by calling and an Irish storyteller by nature. In addition to writing posts for my company’s blog, I’m a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and Medium. And I’ve published three books for children, numerous short stories, and other works, all of which are available on Amazon under my full name, Mark Nelson O’Brien.


  1. Mark,
    This is my favorite poem. I have memorized it and used it in many of my writings and videos:
    ”Tell me not in mournful numbers that life is but an empty dream.”
    ”For the soul is dead that summers and things not what they seem.”
    ”Life is earnest. Life is real.”
    ”And the grave is not the goal..”

    I read this at my mother’s eulogy five years ago and forgot only one line. I looked on my iPhone as everyone waited with bated breath.

    Longfellow was once approached by a man who told him this poem prevented him from committing suicide. When I saw the title of the article, I knew. Thank you for this.💖

  2. Let us, then, be up and doing,
    With a heart for any fate;
    Still achieving, still pursuing,
    Learn to labor and to wait.

    Alas and alack my friend… some stirring good stuff for a Monday. Thank you, as always, for everything.