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Sometimes things go awry despite our best efforts to get the outcome we seek. We may assume the
blame, or we may assign it to someone else; either way we are called upon to take responsibility for
the undesired break in our growth. The occurrence often prompts an emotional response, and likely
the upheaval turns down the heat of our passion, especially when love is involved. How can we handle
our deepest wishes when in reality we have to manage the turmoil of our heart in pain? The life we
build on good hopes, putting order to our thoughts and purpose to our actions, how can it fall apart
so easily when strained too much, to what end? We shatter our soul on the altar of defeat, declare we
are a failure, and hide in shame. Is it better to simply stop trying and content ourselves with what we
have? Or do we get up one more time, and rebuild something from the debris, like the phoenix rising
from the ashes? The answer lays deep within. Into ourselves we must go, and seize the courage to ask.
Copyright © 2019, Joseph Civitella.