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As Long As The Candle Is Burning
Neil F. Neimark, MD

A travelling Master once spent the night at a shoemaker's home. As he was preparing to go to bed late in the night, he noticed a light flickering in the next room. He walked into the room and saw the shoemaker still hard at work by candlelight.

The Master said to the shoemaker, "It's so late at night. Why are you still working? The candle is almost out." The shoemaker smiled and looked up at the Master and said, "As long as the candle is burning, it is still possible to mend."

The Master went home the next day, but over the next several weeks, the words of the shoemaker kept reverberating in his head, "As long as the candle is burning, it is still possible to mend". He thought to himself "As long as the candle is burning, it is still possible to mend -- to reconcile our mistakes, reconnect to our purpose in life, re-establish communication with long lost friends, make peace in our families and give time and money to help those less fortunate than us."

All these things are possible for all of us. As long as the candle is burning -- as long as we have energy and life, we can mend our past mistakes and plant the seeds for a better future. We can grow and learn and begin to heal our lives and by extension, heal our families, our communities and our world, as long as the candle is burning.

One of the most effective ways to mend our past mistakes and learn to leave the past in the past, is through the power of journaling. When you learn how to put a beginning, middle and end to your personal story, you can learn the lessons you need and move on to a happier, healthier present and future.

While the candle is still burning, get started now mending your life.
Till next time, be well. In body and soul,

Till next time, be well. In body and soul,
Neil F. Neimark, MD

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