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  • Hi OkClarity Community,

    This is one of my favorite poems, and I wanted to share it with you. Sometimes it seems like poetry just hits the spot – brief and non-linear sentences that cheer you on and ‘just get it’! It also leaves room for your own thoughts and speaks to a universal language that we all share.

    <b><u>The Journey</u></b>

    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

    recognized 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.

     

    -Mary Oliver

     

    Love this, thanks for sharing!

    Here’s another poem that helps me remember the power of change on life’s journey.

    AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE CHAPTERS

    I walk down the street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in.
    I am lost … I am hopeless.
    It isn’t my fault.
    It takes forever to find a way out.

    II
    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it.
    I fall in again.
    I can’t believe I’m in the same place. But it isn’t my fault.
    It still takes a long time to get out.

    III
    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there.
    I still fall in … it’s a habit.
    My eyes are open.
    I know where I am.
    It is my fault.
    I get out immediately.

    IV
    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.

    V
    I walk down another street.

    Portia Nelson

    Thank you, Hudi!

    “The world will not make it easy for you to heal. You will find listeners only through trial and error. You will create safe space by distancing yourself from some of the people you love. You will build confidence by disappointing people. You will move forward by leaving behind beliefs that no longer serve you despite your attachment to them. Your will stand out by your willingness to stand alone. Healing is not easy. But neither is perpetually adjusting to a life of pain. “

    – Rosenna Bakari, The Healing Journey

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