One Little Did


One thing we at the Clergy Health Initiative value and have posted about from time to time on this blog (here, here, and here) is the idea that even small, singular steps can be very effective in the journey toward behavior change.

Shel Silverstein was one of my favorite poets when I was growing up, and I still enjoy his works.  Some of his poems are quite silly, while others hold significant meaning.  The following poem, “Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda” has always been a favorite, but I think it’s particularly relevant in the context of Spirited Life.

All The Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin’ In The Sun,
Talkin’ ‘Bout The Things
They Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda done…
But All Those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All Ran Away And Hid
From One Little Did.

-from Shel Silverstein’s Falling Up (as found on

For me, that “one little did” was signing up for a CSA (community-supported agriculture) this summer in my quest to eat more fruits and vegetables.

What is one small thing you can do to chase away a “Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda” in your life?

-Katie Huffman

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About Katie Huffman

Katie is a Wellness Advocate with the Clergy Health Initiative. She has an undergraduate degree in History and French and a Masters degree in Gerontology; prior to her current position, Katie worked as a social worker in a retirement community in Chapel Hill. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, spending time outdoors, baking, and hanging out with her husband, Noah, their daughter, Ada, and two kitties, Grady and Gracie.

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