“I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”
You’ve probably heard countless stories of people who have totally changed their lives after a fatal diagnosis. These people are reminded of the fleeting nature of life. We never truly know when our day has come, or when it will have been to late for someone else. Kindness isn’t something you can put off like paying bills, writing an email or getting a project done. Kindness is something that presents opportunities at certain times and if you don’t step forward that opportunity will go away.
It’s kind of like winning the lottery, sometimes you’ll have the right card, and other times someone else will.
If we all lived with Penn’s thoughts in mind, we would not only look for blessings for our own lives, but we would act upon as many opportunities as we can to do a kind thing. Don’t anticipate that you’ll have a second chance to do something or say something. Do the right thing, the kind thing, the first opportunity you have.