Day 126 of #LiveWell2017
The Road Not Taken by Robert FrostTwo roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo 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 thereHad worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally layIn 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 sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.
I walked along the paths of Elk Rock Garden in southwest Portland yesterday and thought about Robert Frost’s famous poem as the pathways diverged and beckoned me to explore them. Each pathway revealed its own secrets, colorful flowers, branching trees, little efts and bees and bugs, but at each juncture I had to choose which path to take – left or right, up or down, straight or curved.
In life, each day we have similar choices to make – which path to take, what to do, who to share our time with, how we will respond to something. We can choose anger or kindness, hate or love, sadness or joy, worry or not. Each choice creates a ripple effect in our lives. We can choose to make a positive difference or a negative one. We can choose to be present in the moment or waste our energy fretting about the future or wishing for the past.
When you are faced with two roads diverging in your life, which one will you take?