Thereâ€™s a story of an old man who is dying and he calls together his people to his side.Â He gives a short, sturdy stick to each of his many offspring and relatives. He instructs them to â€œbreak the stick.â€ With some effort, they all snap their sticks in half.Â He tells them, â€œThis is how it is when a soul is alone without anyone.Â They can easily be broken.â€ The wise old man next gives each of his kin another stick and says: â€œThis is how I would like you to live after I pass.Â Put your sticks together in bundles of twos and threes.Â Now break these bundles in half.â€â€¦No one can break the sticks when there are two or more in a bundle.Â The old man smilesâ€¦â€We are strong when we stand with another soul.Â When we are with anotherâ€¦we cannot be broken.â€
â€“Clarissa Pinkola Estes in Women Who Run with the Wolves
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