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This poem was given to me by my foster children's counselor when she saw that I was burning out. I have been told by too many lately that I "cannot save the world." But I was determined to save those I can in my little corner. This has become detrimental to my own sanity and well being. One cannot help others if one is also broken. So I printed this poem and framed it. I hung it where I could read it daily. It has helped immensely. I hope that it can help someone else also... Love and peace, Singing Hawk 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 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.
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