The Extra Mile


Talking with our son about work. Effort.

The difference between being done and finishing.

That there is honour in the work. Good things.

The difference between doing good and your best.

That the good stuff is always found there. The extra mile.


Talking with our son about life. Faith.

The difference between belief and faith.

That believing without seeing is real. Good things.

The difference between the rest stop and the extra mile.

The right stuff is always found there. It ain’t crowded.


Talking with my husband about love. Us.

The difference between fighting for or against.

That knowing we stand together is the good stuff.

The difference between together and for one another.

We have found each other and ourselves on the extra mile.



The dVerse Poetics prompt got me thinking last night about the extra mile. And how it ain’t crowded there. And it isn’t the place where you go when you are done but when you are finished. That’s where the good stuff is, where the great love found in doing small things grows wild. It’s about faith. It’s about teaching the next generation. It’s about love. And a bit of reflection – what if we had quit at good, or done? We wouldn’t have found the amazing blessings and richness of each other and our faith – it only exists when you go the extra mile.

Thanks to my Padre Kevin Weatherby who always encourages us to go there. Find out more at , find them on Facebook and Twitter.



  1. March 2, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I really like this thought of travelling… really all that effort for the extra mile… and how it’s all worth it…

    • shanyns said,

      March 2, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks Bjorn. 🙂 It is worth it, glad to have you along!

  2. Grace said,

    March 2, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    That extra mile makes a difference in all our lives ~ Love the different takes on the extra mile Shanyn ~

  3. March 2, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    I truly love this. Wonderful write

  4. March 2, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Inspirational and a cool detour from how others responded to this challenge. Nice!

  5. Sanaa Rizvi said,

    March 2, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Beautifully profound!!

  6. Bodhirose said,

    March 3, 2016 at 4:15 am

    Good points, Shanyn. Going the extra mile in our life journeys can reap many dividends for us. Thanks for sharing your treasured views.

  7. March 4, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Fascinating poem and really goes the extra mile.

  8. March 10, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Extra Miles
    oF Life trUly
    God’s extra
    credit for living
    more with challenge
    and less with comfort
    iN soft
    and weak..
    Strength Wins
    alWays iN
    longest run

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