“I Shall Not Pass This Way Again”

Today was a major cleanup day in our house. The dust in my lungs still has me coughing! I went through old papers, documents, letters, and such that have been stored away in boxes for many years. I came across a letter which contained a quote that I would like to share with you. It is worthy of much meditation and application in our own lives. After going through countless near-death experiences, Prit and I are all too aware of life’s fragility and the importance of seizing the moments that are allowed us to do good upon this earth. I hope you are as blessed by this as I was.

”I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” – William Penn

I gave a pair of tennis shoes that were too small for me to the young man that cleans our house once a week. Manno is the father of two children and works very hard just to make ends meet. The pleasure was all mine as I watched his face light up. It was just a small gift that really didn’t cost me anything. I would love to have given him so much more because I know how much he struggles to provide for his family. But I am thankful that I could spread a little kindness around today, for one day, ”I shall not pass this way again.” – Dana

4 thoughts on ““I Shall Not Pass This Way Again”

  1. Dana, I have that very quote posted above my desk. It is so true isn’t it? My Dad used to say, “give me roses now, don’t wait until I’m gone”. I miss you and look so forward to seeing you again. Give my best wishes to Prit!
    Phllis Kimrey

  2. Phyllis, I’m thrilled that you’re back in my life again! You are so encouraging. I miss you too. Would love to see you! I loved your Dad. He had a great perspective on life. I don’t wait ’til Christmas or my kids’ b-days any more. When I see something I want them to have, I get it for them right then. It’s better to live in the ”now”. I’m so thankful for all I have, I even bought THEM gifts for Mother’s Day once because they are such a blessing to me! And so are you! šŸ™‚

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