I Walked A Mile

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I really like this simple but powerfully stated poem by Robert Browning Hamilton called “I Walked A Mile.”  It is only two stanzas but has a lot to say: 

“I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chatted all the way
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow;
And ne’er a word said she
But, oh! The things I learned from her,
When Sorrow walked with me.”

I completely agree with what he said in this poem for I have received many more blessings from Sorrow than ever I did from Pleasure!  Please share your thoughts with me on this poem!


81 thoughts on “I Walked A Mile

  1. I was in a recent conversation with someone in grief who was empowered to make a difficult choice. We were talking about our faith, which we hold in common despite being from two very different denominations. We discussed Esther and how she never wanted the challenge in front of her. Somehow, I like to believe that Esther learned more from the troubles she faced in her calling than from all of the pleasures. I like to believe she became more authentically herself because of her sorrows and anguish. Perhaps this person too was brought into the circumstances in life because they were made for more than pleasure.

    I agree that this is certainly a lovely poem.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your heart with me! You are right that Esther definitely grew from her challenges of faith that God set before her and especially in the depth of our sorrows. It is the only way to become more like Christ! 😀 These have always been my experiences and still are for the journey into spiritual maturity is constantly ongoing until we reach heaven! 😀 ❤ !

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  4. Hi Deborah, thank you for posting this beautiful and deeply resonating poem. I’m sure it strikes a chord with so many people, as it does with me. Many’s the time that wise people have said to me; “you can’t appreciate the ups in life if you don’t experience the downs”, and it’s true, we do learn much more from sorrowful experiences than we do the pleasurable ones. Similarly, some of the most prominent and successful people have said that you can’t succeed without failure. There’s a lot of truth in the saying “it’s always darkest just before dawn”. As we negotiate our way through life, it’s about recognising that positive can come from negative – and if often does. We can’t have one without the other. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I always think everything contains both sides, we just may not see it at the time. I remember with sorrow the small pleasures I did not appreciate. Life contains both, and neither is “superior”. They just are. (K)

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