Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Standing at the Crossroads of Life

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Standing at the Crossroads of Life

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Byline: Paul Stewart

AS THE final sound and fury of the year starts to die down, and we look to the dawn of the new year, it is a time that we can reflect.

In ancient times the crossroads was considered a very important place, a sacred place, and a place of magic. It was a place of beginnings and endings, of choices and new directions. It was a place where you could leave the old ways behind, and take up the new. Old beliefs saw the crossroads as a place of death, and so it was. But with death comes rebirth.

At the end of the year, we symbolically approach the crossroads. It is a time to put to death some of the old ways, and to give new life to new ways of thinking and being.

The idea of putting to death a bad habit is perhaps something that you could get your head around. Kicking the smoking habit with a new year's resolution, or drinking less, or reading more, or eating less junk, or exercising more, or making more money, or paying off more debts, or finally finding that special someone, or getting some help with dealing with that terrible whispering voice in the back of your mind that says you aren't good enough, and the evidence is all there in the wounds of the past. …

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