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The purpose of this blog is to spread the news of an incredible and under-utilized community mental health model known as the “Fairweather Lodge.”  (The “Lodge” model, sometimes known as the “Community Lodge,” is often referred to as the “Fairweather Lodge” in reference to the late George W. Bill Fairweather, who developed the model in the early 1960s.) 


Are Lodges Breeding Grounds for Fame?

A post by Bruce Ario

 I just got done submitting an essay to another webpage. It was about the poem, "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. The writer is faced with a decision between two roads, and chooses the one less travelled by. 

Although Robert Frost became famous, we know that the "road less travelled by" mostly doesn't lead to fame.

      Choosing the Lodge can be a decision to travel the 'other' road, but does that mean we are doomed to a life of obscurity? Not really. George Fairweather's purpose in developing Lodges was to help persons with mental illness integrate into the community in which they live. The initial choice to live in a Lodge may look like the road less travelled, but it doesn't mean we go away from others forever. That's not the Lodge's purpose. No we get back on the main road.

       Do we achieve fame? We may not be looking for that. No one chooses a Lodge to become famous. It's not the usual road for fame. However, Frost became famous despite taking the off- the-beaten-trail type road. So if you're looking for recognition, even fame with your fellow humankind, the Lodge is not necessarily a dead end.

Many gifts can come your way if you just keep your focus and work for them.

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