A Little Something to Keep in Mind This Week




I was reading in an old poetry book today and I came across this poem. The author puts forth an interesting thought that, although we sometimes do things we regret, it’s really the things left undone that troubles us the most.

The Sin of Omission

 It isn’t the thing you do, dear,

It’s the think you leave undone

That fives you a bit of a heartache

At the setting of the sun.

The tender word forgotten;

The letter you did not write;

The flowers you did not send, dear,

Are your haunting ghosts at night.


The stone you might have lifted

Out of a brother’s way;

The bit of hearthstone counsel

You were hurried too much to say;

The loving touch of the hand, dear,

The gentle, winning tone

Which you had not time nor thought for

With troubles enough of your own.


Those little acts of kindness

So easily out of mind,

These chances to be angels

Which we poor mortals find–

They come in night and silence,

Each sad, reproachful wraith,

When hope is faint and flagging

And a chill has fallen on faith.


For life is all to short, dear,

And sorrow is all too great,

To suffer our slow compassion

That tarries until too late;

And it isn’t the thing you do, dear,

It’s the thing you leave undone

Which gives you a bit of a heartache

At the setting of the sun.

~Margaret E. Sangster


What did you think of the poem? Have you found that it’s the times you didn’t extend a helping hand when you could have that bother you the most?

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



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