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!


45 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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