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I made a ring like this for myself not too long ago, when I needed a reminder of where my priorities were meant to be, when I needed to be strong and make a difficult decision. I don’t want to say too much about what I believe the Mary Oliver poem that inspired it means, because I think it’s one of those poems that can mean something different to everyone who reads it, based on where they are in their life. But here is the full poem

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 voice 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 that you could save.

~Mary Oliver

This poem is so so powerful, and I tried to transfer that to this ring. As you know, Labradorite is an extremely powerful stone, excellent for healing and transformation, as well as balance and tranquility. Some of the imagery from the poem is on the wide band. The back says “… the only life…” This ring is a size 8, but may fit a bit smaller due to the width of the band.

The Only Life. Labradorite Ring

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