My Mom’s Message to You: Do it Now

Posted August 19, 2015 by jimhigley


This post is my contribution to Blogust ‘15 to—Shot@Life’s month-long campaign to provide vaccinations for children in need around the world.

But this is more about you than me because YOU are the one who can help change the life of a child by making sure they get vaccinated. All you need to do is either “comment” (with anything!) at the end of this post. Also you can “Tweet” this, “Like” or share on social media.  (Details at the end of the post.) Thank you for supporting this important effort! — Jim

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Actions speak louder than words.

But, sometimes, we need a delicious string of words to move us to action.

My mom was a master of words. In life – and even in her death. A few days after she passed away when I was still a child, I found these words – typed by her – on a tiny piece of paper in her purse.

I shall pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do, let me do it now. Let me not defer it. For I shall not pass this way again.

I was convinced that Mom left that quote for me. A roadmap, of sorts, for living the rest of my life without her. And I’ve carried that tiny piece of paper with me through the last forty years of my own life journey, letting it guide me, direct me and – most importantly – remind me of the obligation I have each and every day to impact others in a positive way.

Let me do it now.

So consider this as a reminder from my mom to you. And you can start today. Now. By helping a child receive a life-saving vaccination. You can do so in with less than a minute of your time.

Sharing, liking, or commenting on this post donates one life-saving vaccine to a child around the world.

I’m honored to once again join forces with some of my favorite fellow writers who – every August – partner with Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation  for a month-long “relay” of messages called #Blogust. Our goal is simple: use our platforms to help 50,000 children around the world receive a vaccination.

A vaccination that could mean the difference between life and death.

So now is your chance to help a child: Just a few “clicks” – share, “like”, comment or Tweet.



During Shot@Life’s Blogust 2015—a month-long blog relay—some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions will come together and share inspirational quotes for their children. Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or share them via social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, one vaccine will be donated to a child around the world (up to 50,000).  

Sign up here for a daily email so you can quickly and easily comment and share every day during Blogust! For more information, visit or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.


  • Tom B.

    Such a great message. Let’s all stop deferring it and enjoy the NOW a bit more.

  • Jeff Bogle

    Wonderful, Jim.

  • NurseNavigator

    Great message! Vaccinations save lives.

  • waynebeamer

    Thanks for sharing this great and necessary message, Jim!

  • Eleanor Kittelson

    Absolutely, and spot on!!

  • Joseph Albert Mastropiero

    What a beautiful post, and behind it, a powerful message. Lets get some kids vaccinated!

  • Erin Olson

    Beautiful post, Jim. Thanks for your work on Blogust.

  • Dfiles

    This is fantastic. Nice job, Jim.

  • Matt Schneider

    Such an important message . . . thanks for sharing this Jim.

  • Julie Marsh

    What a great story and a treasured find. So glad to be part of Blogust with you!

  • CretinDaddy

    Great story!

  • Dada Mike

    Noble words for a noble cause. I will definitely be sharing this one.

  • Stefanie

    Beautiful words to live by.

  • cutemonster

    Beautiful. Inspiring message Jim!

  • Doug Zeigler

    Just lovely.

  • Whit

    Live like the wind! Nicely written, Jim.

  • Joel from Daddy’s Grounded

    Wow. Your mom was an amazing person! Thanks for sharing.

  • Michael Mackie

    Bliss. Just bliss.

  • Gentry

    Thank you Jim!

  • Felisa Hilbert

    Love your post and thank for helping a worthy cause.

  • Kim Sydow Campbell

    A touching message from your mom. And a worthy cause!


    #Blogust2015, Mom’s universal kindness , address

  • OneGoodDad

    A great message. Thank you for sharing. I am going to copy your mother’s quote and put it in my wallet.

  • Nili Majumder

    Thanks for sharing inspiring quote.Life is giving us chance to do good,we need to use it for the sake of Humanity.

  • Delores Van Horn

    What a wonderful message your Mom gave you, Great story for a great cause

  • Serena

    This is a great message. Thanks for sharing and supporting #Blogust!

  • Matt Brennan

    This is great!

  • some guy

    That’s a beautiful quote. Thanks Jim

  • Emily

    Jim, Your Mom’s quote brought tears to my eyes. I believe she left if for you, so that you might share it with all of us. Thank you! And thanks for all your #Blogust goodness!!!!

  • Elena Sonnino

    An excellent reminder… and so beautiful!

  • petit_elefant

    This is great

  • Liz @ Cool Mom Picks

    I love this so much, Jim. My mom says the same thing, only it’s phrased as “buy the boat.” Smart mamas. Thank you for what you’re doing for Blogust. xo

  • Caryn/The Mid Life Guru

    Thanks for sharing!!

  • Gina

    LOVE this quote! Love this message!