The Roads We Take


The Roads We Take

Life offers us several forks in the road where we have a decision to make.  Examples are graduation from high school, retirement from a job, and getting an inheritance or winning the lottery.  I have always liked the message of a poem by Robert Frost and share it here from the website, Poetry Magazine.

The Road Not Taken


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 roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

  Life roads tend to have both pleasant and unpleasant places in them.  Often we find an experience like the poem in that the way we take leads on to an additional way and if we ever come back, we find the earlier way different – such as when retired adults move back to their childhood hometown.  However, each life choice that we make is a road in and of itself.  Once we are on a road, maybe the best choice is to travel it and enjoy it as well as we can.


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