“The Journey” by Mary Oliver

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“The Journey” by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
‘Mend my life!’
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognised as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.

Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes


The human condition demands change. We are in a constant state of evolution. Still, so many of us fear change. We want to remain in our comfort zone. If you’re looking for support through the transition process, consider reading William Bridges’ book: Transitions. He offers strategies for coping with the difficult, painful, and confusing times in life. My copy is well-read and marked up. In future posts I will offer insight on the transition process itself, which Bridges’ defines as 1) endings, 2) the neutral zone, and 3) you finish with a new beginning. Thanks Bill, for holding the lantern for us as we transition from one phase of life to the next. We prefer terra firma, but until we regain our footing, we have an awesome resource in your book.

The Oldest Story In The World

journey toward midlife renewalBasecamp, CA — The oldest story in the world is when a woman (or man) leaves home, and then a stranger arrives in town.   Like the symbol for infinity, which looks like the numeral eight laying on its side, this journey has no beginning nor an ending, it just spirals on forever.  How do we make sense of this journey?  I am eager to help my readers explore this question and allow them to find their own answers.  Every step of the journey is the journey.  Let’s begin.

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