I Shall Pass Through This World But Once

I firmly believe that each of us was created for a purpose. What that purpose is, only God knows.

I’ve struggled with discovering my own purpose for years. Well, maybe the word “struggled” isn’t exactly correct. Perhaps searched is a better term. It is such a difficult thing to determine and frankly, I’m not sure if one is ever truly enlightened as to the impact they make on the world. At least, not while they are IN this world, anyway.

One of my goals for last year was to adopt a “mantra.” And by mantra I simply meant, a clear, guiding principal for life.

I didn’t find the perfect phrase until late November. I stumbled across it quite by accident while in line at the grocery store. It struck me as so profound and so simple that I had to immediately write it down lest I forget it. (Because I forget pretty much everything if I don’t record it.)

“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”~~Stephen Grellet

Quite simple and to the point.

Be good to everyone, all the time. Pretty powerful, wouldn’t you say?

5 Responses to "I Shall Pass Through This World But Once"

  1. Sue
    Sue 4 years ago .


  2. Annie
    Annie 4 years ago .

    Amazing post Jennifer! My favorite part of that quote is “I shall not pass this way again,” We really only have the one shot, the one chance to leave our mark. What will we leave? Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. JennieG
    JennieG 4 years ago .

    I couldn’t agree more! I always used to think, “I’ll do it next time.” But next time doesn’t always come, does it?

  4. JennieG
    JennieG 4 years ago .

    Thank you. Really made me think… hard.

  5. Safire
    Safire 4 years ago .

    Great mantra!! Mine is “Never suppress a generous thought.”