another resource for us---this says it all

Discussion in 'Parent Emeritus' started by Childofmine, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. Childofmine

    Childofmine one day at a time

    The following poem is posted on another Website/blog that is another good resource for parents like us. It was started by a mom whose daughter is a drug addict. The url is This poem by Mary Oliver is on the site. I think it sums up what we must do to reclaim our lives. We can only manage our own lives. We can only control ourselves. In the end, we can only save ourselves from the horror of addiction, a family disease.

    The Journey
    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
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  2. Scent of Cedar *

    Scent of Cedar * Well-Known Member

    It does feel like that, Child.

    Thank you.

  3. pasajes4

    pasajes4 Well-Known Member

  4. helpangel

    helpangel Active Member

    thank you so much for sharing this, wow brought tears to my eyes- the good kind

  5. recoveringenabler

    recoveringenabler Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Beautiful, thank you.