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Standing at the crossroads

We have many paths we can take in life. Sometimes the dead ends are valuable for as long as they last. They don't have to be seen as a waste of time. Robert Frost famously described "the road not taken." It led to his precarious but successful life as a poet and small farmer. Sometimes life sends us stops us in our tracks along a path and sends us on another one. You lose your job or partner or child, you become very ill, you must start over in a different town or country. But as the poet Machado says the bees in our heart spin honey out of our old failures. So the end of one road, the death of a way of life, leads you to a new path...and ultimately renewal. Read More 
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