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“Everybody has that point in their life where you hit a crossroads and you've had a bunch of bad days and there's different ways you can deal with it and the way I dealt with it was I just turned completely to music.”
― Taylor Swift


Brian Andreas

“You may not remember the time you let me go first.
Or the time you dropped back to tell me it wasn't that far to go.
Or the time you waited at the crossroads for me to catch up.
You may not remember any of those, but I do and this is what I have to say to you:

Today, no matter what it takes,
we ride home together.”
― Brian Andreas, Traveling Light: Stories & Drawings for a Quiet Mind


Shannon L. Alder

“Dear Child,

Sometimes on your travel through hell, you meet people that think they are in heaven because of their cleverness and ability to get away with things. Travel past them because they don't understand who they have become and never will. These type of people feel justified in revenge and will never learn mercy or forgiveness because they live by comparison. They are the people that don't care about anyone, other than who is making them feel confident. They don’t understand that their deity is not rejoicing with them because of their actions, rather he is trying to free them from their insecurities, by softening their heart. They rather put out your light than find their own. They don't have the ability to see beyond the false sense of happiness they get from destroying others. You know what happiness is and it isn’t this. Don’t see their success as their deliverance. It is a mask of vindication which has no audience, other than their own kind. They have joined countless others that call themselves “survivors”. They believe that they are entitled to win because life didn’t go as planned for them. You are not like them. You were not meant to stay in hell and follow their belief system. You were bound for greatness. You were born to help them by leading. Rise up and be the light home. You were given the gift to see the truth. They will have an army of people that are like them and you are going to feel alone. However, your family in heaven stands beside you now. They are your strength and as countless as the stars. It is time to let go!


Your Guardian Angel”
― Shannon L. Alder



Shannon L. Alder

“Forget what hurt you in the past, but never forget what it taught you. However, if it taught you to hold onto grudges, seek revenge, not forgive or show compassion, to categorize people as good or bad, to distrust and be guarded with your feelings then you didn’t learn a thing. God doesn’t bring you lessons to close your heart. He brings you lessons to open it, by developing compassion, learning to listen, seeking to understand instead of speculating, practicing empathy and developing conflict resolution through communication. If he brought you perfect people, how would you ever learn to spiritually evolve?”
― Shannon L. Alder


Shannon L. Alder

“Dignity will only happen when you realize that having someone in your life doesn’t validate your worth.”
― Shannon L. Alder



Justina Chen

“There must be a few times in life when you stand at a precipice of a decision. When you know there will forever be a Before and an After...I knew there would be no turning back if I designated this moment as my own Prime Meridian from which everything else would be measured.”
― Justina Chen Headley, North of Beautiful


Jacqueline Carey

“Stand at the crossroads if you will, but if you'll not choose, I'll move on without you”
― Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Dart


Shannon L. Alder

“What if you were wrong? What if everything you ever believed was a lie? What if you missed your opportunity because you didn't know your worth? What if you settled on familiar, but God was trying to give you something better? What if you decided not to go backwards, but forward? What if doing what you have never done before was the answer to everything that didn't make sense? What if the answer wasn't to be found in words, but in action? What if you found the courage to do what you really wanted to do and doing it changed your whole life?”
― Shannon L. Alder


Tite Kubo

“A crossroad. What a pain in the ass spot to end up in. (Abarai Renji, Bleach)”
― Tite Kubo






Aaron Lauritsen

“From this point forward, you don’t even know how to quit in life.”
~ Aaron Lauritsen, ‘100 Days Drive”
― Aaron Lauritsen


Anthony Liccione

“Burning bridges behind you is understandable. It's the bridges before us that we burn, not realizing we may need to cross, that brings regret.”
― Anthony Liccione




Linda Lee Chaikin

“I think you will agree that life's plans are not always tied up in neat little packages. Occasionally we find ourselves at unexpected crossroads with more than one opportunity from which to choose. Time itself is often the best indicator of which decision to make, for it can tell so many thing that are now hazy.”
― Linda Lee Chaikin, Tomorrow's Treasure




Lang Leav

“It was a quiet love, a tacit love. It came without prelude or preamble. We never said the word love–we didn’t have to. It was in our laughter, in the sense of wonder we found in each other. And if we had doubts then, time has told us otherwise.”
― Lang Leav, The Universe of Us



Eve Evangelista

“Each day is a new beginning. You can start fresh, anticipating what today will bring. Or you can just settle for yesterday's doubts, fears, or worries. Which road will you take? Do you take the path to the clear present or the the shadows of the past?”
― Eve Evangelista, Create and Move Forward in Life


Jacqueline Carey

“And having once chosen, never to seek to return to the crossroads of that decision-for even if one chooses wrongly, the choice cannot be unmade.”
― Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Chosen


Aaron Lauritsen

“There's more to a person than flesh. Judge others by the sum of their soul and you'll see that beauty is a force of light that radiates from the inside out.”
― Aaron Lauritsen


Ann Patchett

“For the most part wisdom comes in chips rather than blocks. You have to be willing to gather them constantly, and from sources you never imagined to be probable. No one chip gives you the answer for everything. No one chip stays in the same place throughout your entire life. The secret is to keep adding voices, adding ideas, and moving things around as you put together your life. If you’re lucky, putting together your life is a process that will last through every single day you’re alive.”
― Ann Patchett, What Now?


“Here I am at these crossroads again,
wondering what will never become of me.
Now and then, I'll take one on the chin.
Because I wear my heart upon my sleeve.”
― Jerod Mankin (Sing - Bobaflex)




What You Must Understand When Relationships are at Crossroads

Relationships at the Crossroad

A crossroad in a relationship is an opportunity to stop and reflect on your current situation. Keep reading to know more…

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What do you do when you reach a crossroad in a relationship? Are you the reactive type that immediately views it as negative, and begins to plan an escape route? Do you sit and contemplate the crossroad, look at it from all angles and then determine if it makes sense to move forward? Or do you stay for the sake of staying, because you think that being in an unhappy relationship is better than being alone?

We are all out there looking for Mr/Ms perfect and we’re determined to look until we find them. The question is, how do you know when you have found them? How do you know that the relationship you are in is worth fighting for? What if surviving a long-term relationship isn’t about what you start with, but what you are willing to build along the way?

Two separate people that make a choice to share their lives together often work hard, and make a lot of compromises in order to make the relationship work. This delicate dynamic consists of multiple levels, that have been born out of hours of communication, bonding, growing, changing, and understanding the core person that lies beneath whatever exterior may exist. I think that we as a society sometimes take this intricate design for granted. The relationship becomes black and white instead of the many shades of gray that it really is. Somehow we become lost in the mud of everyday life, and simply lose sight of the very thing we want to cherish.

So often we drift apart, grow apart, and find ourselves at the very crossroad we thought we’d never reach. I wish I could say that there is an easy solution, a great formula to surviving this period in time where uncertainty outweighs strength, and we question all that is placed before us. It is at these times that our relationships are truly tested.

It is a difficult path, and unfortunately, a path that one must walk alone in order to understand their true position. I’m not saying that confiding in a close friend is unwise, but should be shared with caution. Even a friend with the best intentions can be quick to offer an opinion when the end result does not concern them. It is so easy to say ‘you could do better’, ‘what a jerk’, or ‘if I were you…’ and it is easy to pass judgment based on limited information. In reality, no one can truly understand the inner workings of your relationship the way you do, and so it is you who must make the choice to either see it through or walk away.

What can make this period even more difficult is the fact that it can be easy, especially at the beginning of a relationship, to turn a blind eye toward the faults and flaws of the other. We all have them, but somehow we manage to ignore what we do not wish to see. Once the relationship has moved past the ‘honeymoon’ stage, new layers begin to show themselves. Therefore, it can be difficult at the beginning to determine if you are truly on the right path.

It is a work in progress, a structure that builds and changes over time, and it is nearly impossible to predict the end result. Sometimes an imperfect relationship at the beginning can result in something beautiful, if the key elements are there and the foundation is strong. Sometimes what may seem flawless at the beginning ends up a complete disaster, simply because what is on the surface is not a reflection of what lies beneath. This wild unpredictability can confuse even the most dedicated partners.

This truth, combined with the stress of everyday life, can make it difficult to sift through the various aspects of a distressed relationship. As frightening and heart wrenching as this process may be, it can also be life changing. Without this process, without taking the time to truly sort through the relationship, how will you ever know your true position? How could you ever feel truly confident in your decision without first experiencing this crossroad?

There is a certain confidence that can result from understanding why you make the choices you do. Should the relationship survive, this crossroad could be a blessing, showing you that you can survive the bad times as well as the good times. It could strengthen the bonds that you have already worked so hard to build, and offer a security that you may not have felt, had you not paused at the crossroad and taken the time to understand it.

Some may say that a crossroad is a curse, a bad omen, simply a sign that the relationship just isn’t meant to be. I say that it is a blessing, an opportunity to truly understand the inner workings of a relationship. It is an opportunity to learn about ourselves and about the other person. It is a chance to choose a new path, or to continue along an existing one with a fresh perspective. A crossroad is merely a moment in time, when you pause to reflect on your current position. Without it, you may never appreciate the complexity or the strength, that truly is the foundation of the relationship.

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For Every Girl At A Crossroads In Her Relationship

For every girl at a crossroads in her relationship, who:

…is thinking twice about giving up a relationship to find herself.

Let it go. If it’s truly yours, it will come back around from a million miles away. It will hurt him and you too; but if he loves you, he’ll be willing to wait and time will not be an obstruction.

…just got a career opportunity her guy disapproves of.

Let him go, not all risks are worth it. Yes we find love once, but that love should never hold us back from our dreams.

…in a relationship that compromises her beliefs.

Let it go, your beliefs are part of your identity’s foundation, it’s not worth tearing them apart for anyone. Love should never force you into a position of compromising your belief system.

…in a relationship with a guy who makes her feel less.

Let it go; though relationships cannot complete you, it should give you more of life, not less of it and less of yourself. There should be no room for insecurities in a relationship, you two should complement each each other. He should make you feel like “the one” in a sea of other beautiful faces.

…in a relationship with a guy who hurts her emotionally, mentally and physically.

Let it go, it’s not your fault. Don’t be too hard on yourself by blaming you; whatever you have done to provoke him will never justify every tear, his fist on your face, or the bruises on your body. He is not the one. Stop talking yourself into it. I repeat. He. Is. Not. The. One. If he loves you, he will never dare hurt you. Apologies and second chances in this case do not apply.

…in a relationship with a guy who keeps cheating on her.

Quit it. You will never satisfy him. Not because you’re not beautiful, but because you are not a commodity that provides satisfaction. He doesn’t cheat because she’s prettier, smarter and funnier than you; he cheats because he’s an asshole with awful issues. Get rid of him.

…in a relationship with a guy who keeps her from his family and friends.

Walk away. If he keeps you from them, it’s rooting from something deeper. It’s good to have a world only you two can share, but if it involves a world that alienates you from his family and friends, don’t settle with that. You deserve a relationship that will be celebrated by everyone in both of your lives.

…in a relationship with a guy who doesn’t involve her in his future.

Let him go; otherwise, you’re digging yourself your own pitfall of tears. If you’re not in his future, then his promises of love and care – even his efforts are good for nothing.

…in a relationship with a guy who refuses to give her magic.

Don’t waste your three, four, five, ten years for this guy, you are missing what can only be found once in your existence.

…in a relationship with a guy who keeps disappointing her – never makes something special out of occasions: holidays, birthdays and even the sickening Valentine’s day.

I know it’s cliche, but a man should make these days special for you, regardless of how mainstream other people think these occasions are; it’s about you and him, not them. He should make them special nevertheless.

If you are at a crossroads and stuck in these relationships, let it go. I repeat. Let it go. You are not getting any younger and the more you’re in those kinds of relationships, the more you’re losing time for yourself and the more you’re tearing you to bits of pieces – pieces that in the end, only you can put together.

Don’t rush. You have an entire lifetime with “the one”, it can wait. Once you find him, you’re going to spend life with him until your pretty face turns wrinkled. But you only have you for yourself until you’re what? Twenty-eight? Thirty? Forty? You only have few years left for yourself and you already spent the early years of your life with relationships that ended anyway.

As the days, weeks, months and years pass, you get less and less time to prove yourself that you are a strong independent woman who can stand on her own feet, less time to see how much you can do without the help of any man, less time to experience the joy of solitude, less time to discover the kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on someone’s text messages and surprises, less time to realize that your beauty is made of the inner complexities of your being, less time to chase your dreams, less time to travel and see the world by yourself.

So let go, let go of that relationship.

It’s scary and painful – I should know; but be brave because it’s worth it. You can have an entire lifetime when the right man comes, but you only have you for yourself now. It will stop hurting and later on he’ll turn into distant faded memories.

Then one day, you’ll breathe into yourself, you’ll feel freedom through your veins… and by that time you will stand proud and tell the world that no one else completed you but you. By that time, the world is a new better place to explore. Thought Catalog Logo Mark


40 Quotes that Will Calm Your Mind When You’re at a Crossroads

40 Quotes that Will Calm Your Mind When You Are at a Crossroads

It happens to all of us gradually as we live and grow.  We discover more about who we are and the way life really is, and then we realize there are some changes we need to make.  The lifestyle we’ve been living no longer fits.  The environments and relationships we once found comfort in no longer exist, or no longer serve our best interests.  So we cherish all the great memories, but find ourselves at a crossroads, choosing to embark on the first step of a brand new path.

And it’s not easy.  It’s painful to give up what’s comfortable and familiar, especially when you have no other choice.  Marc and I have struggled through this process many times out of necessity.  Over the past decade we’ve had to deal with several significant, unexpected life changes and challenges, including:

  • Losing a sibling to suicide
  • Losing a best friend to cardiac arrest
  • Financial unrest and debt following a breadwinning employment layoff
  • Breaking ties with a loved one who repeatedly betrayed us
  • Family business failure (and reinvention)
  • and the list goes on…

Those experiences were brutal.  Each of them, naturally, knocked us down and off course for a period of time.  But once we accepted the truth, by giving up our innocent ideals and letting go of the way things used to be, we pressed forward, stronger, and with a greater understanding and respect for life.

Getting to the right state of mind—one that actually allowed us to move forward with our lives—required mindful practice.  Because when we were initially faced with each one of those brutal experiences—when we were standing at the forefront of another rocky crossroads in our lives—you better believe our minds were spinning with negative emotions.  We had to learn to catch ourselves in that negative state of emotional unrest, and then consciously calm our minds, so we could think straight, and make the best decisions possible with the hand we’d been dealt.

The simplest way of doing this?

Proactive daily reminders.

It’s all about keeping the right thoughts at the top of your mind every day, so they’re readily available on those inevitable days when you need them most.  For us, that meant sitting down quietly with ourselves every morning and reflecting on precisely what we needed to remember.  We used quotes (now excerpts from our book and blog archive) like the ones below to do just that.  Some people call them affirmations, or mantras, or prayers, or convictions, but in any case these daily reminders kept us on track by keeping calm, peaceful, productive thoughts and perspectives at the top of our minds, even when life got utterly chaotic.

We ultimately learned that peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard realities to deal with—peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still remain calm in your mind.

Challenge yourself to choose one of these quotes every morning, and then sit quietly for two minutes while repeating it silently in your mind.  See how doing so gradually changes the way you think through life’s twists and turns and crossroads.


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Relationship Crossroads Famous Quotes & Sayings

List of top 13 famous quotes and sayings about relationship crossroads to read and share with friends on your Facebook, Twitter, blogs.

Top 13 Relationship Crossroads Quotes

#1. We have to say now we think the character of the party has changed so far it will take something very exceptional, something really out of the ordinary line to make us be convinced there's a chance of winning back the party. - Author: Shirley Williams
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#2. Often during writing, I am compelled by OCD to delete and rewrite a word or sentence over and over again. - Author: Abhijit Naskar
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#3. Some sessions are stars and some sessions are stones, but in the end they are all rocks and we build upon them. - Author: Chrissie Wellington
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#4. I have contact with no one involved in the trial. - Author: Kato Kaelin
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#5. Men who listen to classical music tend not to spit. - Author: Rita Rudner
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#6. Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods. - Author: George W. Bush
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#7. Young women are now looking at me for cues. That's definitely been a responsibility. But I feel like I was ready to take on something like this because I wanted to be challenged and I wanted to be afraid, and that's definitely what it's done for me. - Author: Tatiana Maslany
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#8. Perhaps I was drawn to stories in which people found their true desires because I was a stranger to myself. - Author: Alice Hoffman
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#9. I'm an actor/singer who moves well ... sometimes. I'm actually a great mover but not every style fits my body and a dance call back is my worst nightmare. - Author: Erica Schroeder
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#10. Shale gas, if left to flourish, could create several hundred thousand more jobs. - Author: Wilbur Ross
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#11. The Middle East is rejecting any other religions, so it's a one sided multiculturalism. - Author: Mark Durie
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#12. TRAVIS: I never said I like boys!
GORDO: Ever beat off to Penthouse?
GORDO: Ever collect baseball cards?
GORDO: How old is Barbra Streisand?
TRAVIS: 36. Three weeks ago.
GORDO:What do you need - a fucking blueprint? - Author: Steve Kluger
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#13. Sometimes I imagine life itself as merely a long preparation and waiting, a long darkness of growth toward these adventures of the spirit, a picaresque novel, so to speak, in which the episodes are all inward. - Author: May Sarton
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Relationship Crossroads Quotes By Dawoud Bey

Sara Blair's Harlem Crossroads is an important addition to the body of literature that currently exists about Harlem. It brilliantly illuminates the complex relationship between photographic representation and race, and adds new insight into the ways in which this one black community has figured in both the critical and public imaginations. Harlem Crossroads is a tour de force. — Dawoud Bey

Relationship Crossroads Quotes By Steven Pinker

For instance, to be fluent with the various LOVE IS A JOURNEY expressions, one has to fathom the conceptual metaphor in considerable depth. Lakoff explains:
The lovers are travelers on a journey together, with their common life goals seen as destinations to be reached. The relationship is their vehicle, and it allows them to pursue those common goals together. The relationship is seen as fulfilling its purpose as long as it allows them to make progress toward their common goals. The journey isn't easy. There are impediments, and there are places (crossroads) where a decision has to be made about which direction to go in and whether to keep traveling together. — Steven Pinker

Relationship Crossroads Quotes By Elizabeth Wurtzel

Pick a man, any man. Every guy I fall for becomes Jesus Christ within the first twenty-four hours of our relationship. I know that this happens, I see it happening, I even feel myself, sometimes, standing at some temporal crossroads, some distinct moment at which I can walk away and keep it from happening, but I never do. I grab at everything, I end up with nothing, and then I feel bereft. I mourn for the loss of something I never even had. — Elizabeth Wurtzel

Relationship Crossroads Quotes By Steven Pinker

Consider just a few of the expressions that fall under the umbrella ARGUMENT IS WAR, collected by the linguist George Lakoff and the philosopher Mark Johnson.
Your claims are indefensible. He attacked every weak point in my argument. His criticisms were right on target. I demolished his argument. I've never won an argument with her. You don't agree? Okay, shoot! If you use that strategy, he'll wipe you out. She shot down all of my arguments.
Or the many variations of LOVE IS A JOURNEY:
Our relationship has hit a dead-end street. It's stalled; we can't keep going the way we've been going. Look how far we've come. It's been a long, bumpy road. We can't turn back now. We're at a crossroads. We may have to go our separate ways. The relationship isn't going anywhere. We're spinning our wheels. Our relationship is off the track. Our marriage is on the rocks. I'm thinking of bailing out. — Steven Pinker


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