The Extra Mile: Appreciating The In-Betweeners Day 2

This poem is dedicated to anyone – teacher or mentor, parent or grandparent, friend or stranger – who has gone the extra mile for someone else. Alone, without cheers or compensation.
Just to help.

The Extra Mile


I will walk the extra mile,
Laden with heavy pack;
Too tired to run
Too weary to hum,
Too wise to turn back.

I will walk the extra mile,
My burdens not my only;
Far into the night
Far beyond others’ sight,
Far too alone, yet not lonely.

I will walk the extra mile,
Troubled not by fears raised;
Under no heroic illusion
Under no saintly delusion,
Under no desires for faint praise.

I will walk the extra mile,
Quietly, to see you through;
To give what I can
To help where I am,
To simply believe in you.

I will walk the extra mile,
Past my final sunset and dawn;
As a teacher and a guide
As a friend by your side,
As a memory, long after I am gone.

— Eric Winger

Today’s gift of time … Appreciating the In-Betweeners Day 2 – Sent a note of appreciation to one of my son’s teachers who goes the extra mile for his students again and again.

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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3 Responses to The Extra Mile: Appreciating The In-Betweeners Day 2

  1. Natalie says:

    Yesterday I sent a thank you card to my daughter’s teacher, and today the school crossing guard gets a little message of gratitude that what she does is VERY important. This is a very good idea, and Eric I love your poetry!

    • Eric Winger says:

      I drive by crossing guards every day I drop off my daughter, but it never crossed my mind until you mentioned it that they might appreciate a thank you. … Think that will go on the list.


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