Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Day 250, September 7

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."--Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I ran across this quote, I knew I had to include it in the blog. Emerson's words remain as relevant today as they did more than a century ago.
Let me share a story with you. I had planned to take one of my books to an elderly lady in our church (she had expressed interest in them). "Tomorrow," I told myself. The trouble was, tomorrow never arrived; tomorrow kept being put off. And then I learned that the lady died. My sorrow over her passing was nearly exceeded by my disappointment in myself. I had the opportunity to make a difference, albeit a small one, in another's life. And I failed to make use of it.
I can't remember the reasons I had for putting off taking the book to her. What I do remember was the lively interest in her eyes when she asked me about my writing.
Since that incident, I've tried to do better. When I have the impulse to write a note to a friend, I try to act on it right then. Too many times, though, I fail to tollow through on good intentions. I fall prey to the "tomorrow trap."
Fortunately, I am surrounded by caring friends who do follow through, who extend kindnesses, both large and small, to me and to others.
So, for today, I am grateful for those people who "do a kindness too soon."


  1. What a great post Mom and a good reminder that all of the good intentions in our heads, okay in my head, can't just stay in my head. Otherwise, I've benefited nobody. Thanks again for this reminder to "do a kindness too soon".

  2. Oh yeah! I need to go write that note. . . .

    Thanks, Jane!