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.

~Robert Frost

This poem has always been one of my favorites.  The decisions I have made in my past, both good and bad, have led me to this place.  Though rarely have I stopped to consider the two paths before me.  I have come to this, admittedly good, point in my life, through fate, circumstance, or luck.

I think it is time that I start being more considerate … to stare down both roads before making a decision.  Or at least to realize there are two paths.  I have no illusions that I will always choose the right one…but I should be mature enough to at least look.

And this thoughtfulness can apply to the choices we make in  everyday decisions such as what we will eat or whether we will work out… before you eat that cookie, look down the road to see where such poor choices may lead.  I have been down that path… it is not pretty!! 😉

Good luck on good decisions!!


6 comments on “The Road Not Taken

  1. flamidwyfe says:

    This is my favorite poem EVER! We had to memorize it back in middle school (a million years ago). I actually literally had to choose a path while hiking a few days ago and recited this poem to my friend that was with me… we took the one less traveled by and the views were AMAZING 😀

    It is a wonderful analogy to life, and as I live overseas now for the 4th year, even with the frustrations I face living in China, I am still glad I took the path I took!

  2. thebestme4me says:

    Awesome post! One of my favorite poems also, and I loved how you tied it in to living a healthy lifestyle!

  3. Thanks for the inpiration! Shelby

  4. debbieroper says:

    Very nice! I teach American Lit and I tell my students on the very first day of class that Robert Frost is one of my favorite American poets. Good luck to us all making the best decisions!

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