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“The journey” – Mary Oliver

I stumbled across this poem earlier this week and wanted to share it with you guys. It reminds me of so many moments that members have told me about – not just around quitting their job; but around walking away from (or towards) certain relationships and friendships in their personal life, standing up to their bosses or parents, simply deciding to make a change. What does it make you think of?

 

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 their 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.