Tuesday, April 1, 2014

That’s Life--By Eleanor Michael--United States

That’s Life

When everything
is said and done,
I’d like to think
I made a difference.

Then I remember all
the bad advice I’ve given,
well meant but not wise,
that should have worked.

The decisions I made
with unforeseen consequences
for those I wanted to help.
What can one do now?

In fairness, I must have
done some things right.
I must have helped someone.
I still might.

Either way, I know
I’ve left my footprint
on the world--a big one--
with my 10-wide shoe.

Eleanor Michael has published poetry and short stories in a variety of venues.


  1. Oh, gee! Your poem makes me think of all the poor advice given to those who've asked for advice. How can one have the audacity to give advice on matters not ever experienced? I guess that is pure vanity of humanity. But, still it was given with ulterior motives in mind or sinister reasons........ Like you, we hope we make a positive imprint and I believe that imprint is eternal through our poetry. We are only human, after all. It isn't an excuse but a reality.......... God bless! Sheri

  2. Eleanor,
    Love it. We have all been guilty of that.

    1. Dear Eleanor, Sometimes we offer advice and it is helpful; other times it's not. At least you care enough to try. That's all that really matters in God's eyes. I'm sure we've all offered bad advice at one time or another. Don't let this be a burden. Just keep trying to help others as you've tried before. Your poem is quite powerful and the message has universal appeal. Excellent! Carolyn

  3. How wonderful to know that you have left your footprint on this world. It's something I struggle with quite a bit - have a made a difference? We never know when we will touch someone by a word or deed, and we are not perfect...I've learned to follow my gut and my heart - sometimes it gets me in trouble, but it's me. Your poem is timeless, and I'm sure many can identify with your words. Kristina

  4. Well sweetie you have left your footprint on my heart because I can surely identify with you. And like Carolyn so well put it at least you tried to help and that is what matters. I know your heart, if like mine, is to be of help. I am reminded of the lyrics to this song.
    "If I can help somebody"

    If I can help somebody, as I pass along.
    If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,
    If I can show somebody, He is travelling wrong
    Then my living shall not be in vain


    Then my living shall not be in vain--
    Then my living shall not be in vain
    If I can help somebody, as I pass along
    Then my living shall not be in vain.

    If I can do my duty, as all men ought
    If I can bring that duty to a world that's lost
    If I can spread a love message that the Master taught
    Then my living shall not be in vain.

    Love, Charlene

  5. As a sometime recipient of her advice.... tee hee hee

    Seriously, she directed me to a few places that have published my work (including Whispers....), and I'm not sure if that's good or bad.... :-)

    What I do know is that I wouldn't be the author I am without her encouragement, and a number of the stories I've published would not have been written. Her input on my novel during the early stages was very insightful.

  6. Dear Eleanor,

    I enjoyed reading your thoughful write today. I think we all wonder if we've made a difference to anyone in our lifetimes. I wonder about the times if I could have done a little more but I try to remember the times I had helped in a good way and keep on trying. Thank you for sharing.

    Sandra Stefanowich

  7. Very nice, Eleanor. Yes, we sometimes wonder if what we do to try and help another helps more or hinders them more. Like you, at the end of the day, because I know my heart is in the right place, I have to believe that what I do to help others makes more of a difference than it does not. Great poem. Thank you for sharing. Happy April and continued blessings!

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG! Publications / Creative Inspirations

  8. Hi Everyone,

    Thank you for the lovely comments for Eleanor which I will sent to her. This is such a wonderful poem with a message everyone can relate too. Thank you, Eleanor, for continuing to share your talent for Whispers. Wishing you ongoing success with your writing.