Choice or circumstance

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There are some paths that are taken through choice and others, circumstance. Regardless of the situation, the human spirit shines.  This thought came to me last night while watching a program on young service widows, some still single, more than a decade after the death of their husband.  They did not choose a life of a single parenthood.  The finality of death is crushing yet people have the courage to move forward.  It is a difficult journey, emotionally, financially, psychologically and physically.

Some journeys are shorter, yet, not without some degree of courage, and so eloquently portrayed by a Pacific Black duck that wandered towards the melaleuca (paperbark) grove at the end of the day.  The grove is a tangle of limbs, straight out of a children’s fairytale.  Long drifts of bark hang off the trees and rustle in the breeze.  It is darker here than any other part of the park.  There is a feeling of the unknown.  Yet, this lone duck found herself taking a hesitant step or two, before stopping momentarily to take stock, before going deeper into the grove.   She looked so vulnerable, yet so courageous.

A lesson learnt, I returned home, wiser, some paths are meant to be taken.

As always,

a dawn bird

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