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 marked 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.

– Robert Frost

what is the road not taken?

The road not taken is:

  • the path of simplicity instead of the path of busyness
  • the path of serving others instead of serving only ourselves
  • the path of changing the world instead of continuing the status quo
  • the path of joy instead of the path of drudgery
  • the path of hope instead of the path of hopelessness
  • the path of truly living instead of the path of mere existence
  • the path of fighting for justice instead of the path of ignoring others’ plight
  • the path of the extraordinary instead of the path of the banal

what is the catch?

Is there a catch?  Of course there is, otherwise everybody would be on this road and it wouldn’t be the road not taken!  Here’s the thing:  you can’t get onto the road not taken unless you first leave the well-worn, familiar path you’re on.  Is it scary?  Yes.  Is it worth it?  Absolutely.

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