" I shall pass this way but once;
any good therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show
- let me not defer nor neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again. "
Are you living this way? Am I ??

” I shall pass this way but once;
any good therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show
– let me not defer nor neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again. “

Where I originally found this quote I do not know,
but when I found it was nearly 20 years ago.
I wrote it out and made several copies.
I put one on my desk, another inside my planner,
one in my wallet, and taped another to the dash of my car.

While going through some boxes after my last move,
I found the copy I had on my desk and I came face to face
with the realization that I was doing very little in my Life
that would indicate that quote meant anything at all to me.

The 2 lines that grab me the most are the 1st and last.
To me it means I am here now – right now
and this is it – there is no 2nd chance.
The middle describes purpose – my purpose.
Over the years I have subscribed more and more
to the theory that we are here merely to live our lives
and do what makes us happy…
US. Me. I.
It explains why I’ve felt so empty & unfulfilled.
For those who know me – really know me;
I am happiest when I am helping others.
When I am making a difference
– causing a positive impact in the life of another; I am alive.

So here I am, writing to you… and writing to me.
What can I do right now – what can I say now
that will leave us both glad we shared this moment ?
Oh, but if I could read your mind at this moment…
Will you dare write me and tell me your thoughts ?
I’ll share mine if you share yours ;)
You know, I’m reminded of a piece of a poem I wrote:

“To risk, to dare – to take a leap
we struggle with trembling fear
for those precious words still left unspoken
are the ones we long to hear.”

The precious words I spoke of here were “I love you”.

” I shall pass this way but once;
any good therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show
– let me not defer nor neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again. “

There are those things that we hide from even ourselves;
secrets so deep that we remain blind to them.
Could it be that the reason I refuse
to stop writing this is because I.. love you ?
Is this the force that has finally pushed it’s way
to the surface tonight – past the denial,
past the fear, past the rationale & logic… –

” I shall pass this way but once; “

I will tell you this now no matter how foolish it may seem –

” any good therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show
– let me not defer nor neglect it, ”

You are loved.
By me, by those you know do – and many more you don’t. –

” for I shall not pass this way again. ”

You and I will soon part ways.
What I will leave you with is my secret.
I am afraid you will not return the love I have for you,
and therefore I hide it from you – and never tell you.
From time to time I let it out in little pieces;
a kind word, a good deed, a helping hand…
Then I disappear.
So many things are hidden so deeply…
I wonder if I am so different than
who you are beneath the shadow…

” I shall pass this way but once;
any good therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show
– let me not defer nor neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again. ”

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