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I shall not pass this way again ….

I’ve carried a card in my wallet ever since my father in law died over 20 years ago.

It is a short poem – I shall pass through this way but once, if therefore there be any kindness I can show or any good I can do for my fellowman let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.

I was reminded of that poem this evening. A story on NPR stated that over 5% of Idaho is currently on fire. The correspondent interviewed a number of people in Salmon Idaho, a town of 3,000 people on the Montana border, and said that rafting on a very famous and scenic portion of the Salmon River was threatened due to fire and smoke.

A little over a month ago my family and I were in that very spot rafting down “the river of no return.” We had a blast.

I’m the one in the back of the boat. According to the NPR story the river and the gorges are still there but the trees may be gone for a very long time.

A friend told me that every time you cross a river it is different than the last time you crossed it.
I shall not pass this way again …

How many times do we stop and really appreciate what we have today, now.

Life is dynamic. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Appreciate what you have today!

Until next time – All the best!


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  • Anonymous August 16, 2007, 10:41 pm

    Roland, when I saw the title I thought of Art and then I read it. How touched I am that you have carried his card, but especially his message all these years! Wondeful reflection! Love, Mom in law

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