General/Journal, Poetry

If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking

I have often felt that my life is directionless or meaningless, and occasionally I have felt that I am fully interchangeable with someone (anyone) else. I wonder constantly what my vocation is, what my purpose is and what I am here for. And now and again I get little pointers to help me on my way.

Today’s little pointer comes courtesy of Emily Dickinson:

If I can Stop One Heart From Breaking

If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

It isn’t the big, sweeping gestures that make a difference is it? It’s the little things and I should do well to remember that. This poem sums it up beautifully and has served its purpose well today.


4 thoughts on “If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking”

  1. Reminds me of the saying of a ‘wise teacher’ I heard many years ago:
    If you have lightened the load of just one person who bore a burden, caused just one person to smile when they were down, then your life has been worthwhile.


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