I shall not pass this way again
Through this toilsome world, alas!
Once and only once I pass
If a kindness I may show
If a good deed I may do
To a suffering fellow man
Let me do it while I can
No delay, for it is plain
I shall not pass this way again.
I’ve been thinking a lot about that poem, about all of the acts of kindness and good things I could have done in 2010, and for whatever reason, didn’t. If I could change one thing about myself in 2011, it would be that. If I could change one thing about me, I’d become the kind of person who takes the time.
I’d take the time to tell someone when they look really fabulous, even if I’m feeling jealous.
I’d take the time to have lunch with a friend, and ask about her life, and really listen to what she tells me. I’d plan that family get together, instead of just thinking about how nice it would be. I’d send that birthday card, that thank you note, I’d make that phone call.
At last year’s parent’s meeting, my son’s football coach said something that has stayed with me. He said, “I tell my men two words. If they can live by those two words, they will have success in every area of their lives.” The words? Do right.
In 2011, I want to be a “Do Right” kind of person, because really, at the end of the year, and at the end of the day, it’s always better to say I’m glad I did than I wish I had. With that being said, I’d like to take a moment now to say to all of you, my readers, my family, and my friends, thanks. Your kindness and support means the world. You are appreciated more than you could know.