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New Year’s Thoughts

“One of the greatest sins is the unlived life.”

That’s the title of my favorite section in one of my favorite books, Anam Cara, by my late friend and favorite Irishman, John O’Donohue.

John says that the more we postpone the dreams of our hearts the more we are in danger of an unlived life. “We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny.”

In that same theme, I also like this poem by Lillian Gray.

New Year’s Thoughts

Let us walk softly, friend; For strange paths lie before us all untrod; The New Year, spotless from the hand of God, Is thine and mine, O friend.

Let us walk straightly, friend; Forget the crooked paths behind us now, Press on with steadier purpose on our brow, To better deeds, O friend.

Let us walk gladly, friend; Perchance some greater good than we have known Is waiting for us, or some fair hope flown Shall yet return, O friend.

Let us walk humbly, friend; Slight not the heart’s-ease blooming round our feet; The laurel blossoms are not half so sweet, Or lightly gathered, friend.

Let us walk kindly, friend; We cannot tell how long this life shall last, How soon these precious years be overpast; Let Love walk with us, friend.

Let us walk quickly, friend; Work with our might while lasts our little stay, And help some halting comrade on the way; And may God guide us, friend.

Let’s find a way to forge John’s firm admonitions and Lillian’s soft encouragements into an alloy for living in the New Year.


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