Stuck a little more than half way through a book of short stories and poems by Neil Gaiman in his book, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders, it this gem of a poem. In his notes, he wrote that these are the instructions required when you find yourself stuck in a fairytale. However, I find it the poem to be great metaphorical advice for daily living. Please enjoy a portion of it as we end one year and begin another.
Touch the wooden gate in the wall
You never saw before
Say “please” before you open the latch
Walk down the path.
A red, metal imp hangs from the
Green-painted front door
As a knocker
Do not touch it; it will bite your fingers
Walk through the house
However, if any creation tells you that it hungers,
If it tells you that it is dirty,
If it cries to you that it hurts,
If you can,
Ease its pain.