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!

121 thoughts on “I Walked A Mile

  1. Sorrow and adversity have definitely taught me more than pleasure. Hardships give us the chance to develop or strengthen a variety of coping skills, including prayer. Still, we need a little pleasure now and then. I’m thankful for simple pleasures.

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  2. Yes indeed. This is 100% true! It’s the mountain-top versus the valley experience. When we are in the fires of adversity and being purified by that fire, it doesn’t feel good at all. But just like gold is made ‘beautiful’ in the fire, so are we.

    I love this poem. Thank you for sharing it ❤

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  3. Reblogged this on From guestwriters and commented:
    In our life we may encounter lots of pains and moments we would not like to encounter, but we have to carry them with us and live with them. Point is that we learn from those not so nice moments and that we can learn from those less pleasant experiences, so that Hard days may strengthen us.

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  4. I’ve experienced much sorrow in the last 15 months but I’ve also experienced much comfort and growth of my faith. It’s always in the times I am most vulnerable that my heart and spirit are more open to the comforty and love God provides and the lessons He teaches.

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  5. Deborah, newcomer here. I love this poem. Failure is a far better teacher than success. The famously successful football coach for whom the Super Bowl trophy is named, Vince Lombardi, used to practice his teams more thoroughly when they were winning, as he did not want them to be complacent. It is easier to get their attention after the lose. Keith

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