The Road Not Taken

I hope not to bore you but today I feel the need to share a favorite poem of mine, The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost.  Hopefully it will be come one of your’s too.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that, the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two road diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

The road less traveled doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best one to take, or that you have to take the most traveled one.  That, my friend, is a personal choice.  I think the most important thing is that you take one or the other.  Make the move, live your life, appreciate what you have and move towards happiness.

It’s always at the end of the year that we sit back and reflect on the past and decide what we what for the future.  Doesn’t it make sense to do this on a daily basis instead?  Why should we make unrealistic resolutions once a year when we would benefit more to make realistic ones more often.  Wouldn’t it be easier to achieve our goals when we take it one step at a time than to make an abrupt change that won’t last?  I think most of us set ourselves up for failure by not thinking out the reasons for the resolutions and outlining the steps to get there.  Make a plan, not a rash decision.  Choose your road and take a step.

Much love to all…


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One Response to The Road Not Taken

  1. Money Wizard says:

    I think it is important not to be rushed down any path. This is why people end up setting unrealistic goals at the end of the year. This is the time when people finally take the time to slow down and contemplate the past. Whereas, if you are not rushed and you ponder the past a little all of the time, small changes are made easier and small changes will lead to a larger change over time.

    A great duality philosophy gives us the idea of action through inaction. This idea basically means that we can achieve by not trying to achieve. In the way a writer who attempts to force the words on the paper will experience writer’s block, as will we experience a block if we try to force our path choice.

    We create our own constraint of a two path choice because it is easier for us to understand, but there are secret paths hidden by the brush of our own comprehension. If we can expel that brush by not attempting to comprehend the choices that lay before us, then a world of new possibilities emerge and we realize that what we saw as two paths are really an infinite number of paths.

    If we do not force or rush the path choice and, instead, we assume a more natural position and pace, everything is more clear and we can achieve without effort.

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