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“I took the one less traveled by”

            Persistence-3

I saw this picture today and immediately thought of Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken. It’ s one of my favorite poems. It often comes to mind whenever I have changes happening in my life. It reminds me that we always have a choice, and we should be careful of our decisions concerning those choices. A simple decision changes lives. I’m not talking about whether or not I eat a carrot or an apple for a snack, although even a decision about what I eat can affect me personally. I’m talking about those kinds of decisions like running in a marathon, for example, that seem insignificant yet might mean so much more than you think.

Sometimes, we never really see the impact our choices have. Some we see immediately. Some choices we have to force ourselves to accept when we know we have to wait for the results. Those seem the hardest ones at times, I think. It’s hard to be patient but sometimes, that’s for our benefit. If we can be patient and do the waiting the end result might be better than we expect. Sometimes, however, it’s not.

We all have choices to make every day, hard ones and easy ones. How we handle those choices, how we decide to think about those choices, plays a big part in our lives. We can take the easy way, the path of least resistance so to speak, or the hard way, the road less traveled. Either way will make us the person we are, and both affect the other decisions we make. Do you take the easy way all the time, or do you choose the hard way?

I don’t always take the easy way. I think there are lessons to be learned by taking the untraveled path. There are things to be seen. Plus, there’s something to be said for blazing the trail. But the hard way tends to be hard for a reason. You don’t know what’s beyond the bend. You don’t know if there’s a bump in the road or a washed out bridge. But you come to each new challenge and you face it, or you turn around and go back and take the easy way.

But don’t think the easy way is for weak people. Sometimes, for some people, what I might see as the easy way really might be hard for some people to take. Maybe they are used to the hard way and taking the easy way is hard because they can’t trust it. Think about kids in the foster system. They’ve never had it easy so it’s hard for them to trust anything that seems too good to be true. Because most of the time the shiny gold path is paved with fool’s gold.

The best thing we can do then is to try and make the best choices we can, whether easy or hard, and then live with the decision. As Frost said, “I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.”

I’ve included Frost’s poem, just in case someone has not read it yet.

The Road Not Taken

BY ROBERT FROST

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.

Jesi Scott is an aspiring writer of novels, a poet, and blogger. She has guest-blogged over at The Well-Tempered Bards, and has a post featured at For Love Of…. Jesi has two poems published in Memories of Mist, a literary anthology, and one published story in a newsletter. She is currently working on releasing her first poetry collection as well as writing her first novel. When not writing, Jesi can be found getting lost in bookstores, singing and dancing around the house, experiencing culture with friends, and generally having fun with her four sons when they aren’t driving her weeping into her closet, which she calls her Padded Cell. She loves to rescue stray bookmarks, as well as books, and has opened her heart to any and all stories needing a home. Archery is her current favorite thing ever but you might want to stand back a little as she still has a tendency to drop the bow occasionally.

6 Comments

  • cjswriting

    Out choices are so important. Thankfully though, in most cases they are not set in stone. We can choose again the next day. Hopefully we like our choice & make the same choice every day. But if it was a bad one, then thank goodness for a new day!

  • mewhoami

    Our choices follow us throughout out lives. When I was younger, I would almost always take the easy way. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that the easy way for me, meant that I was a runner. I ran from everything. Now, I go the hard way. Although I’m not the ‘runner’ that I used to be, the hard way can get very tiring at times. This is a great post, leaving me with lots of thoughts.

    • Jessica Scott

      When I was in my teens my mother would always tell me not to run from my problems, to face them. It was always hard to do but I would try. Sometimes I failed, but I always learned something from it. And, I think, that’s just as important because it means I learn from my mistakes. And, it does get tiring taking the hard way. But, we’re all the better for it even if we are the only ones who know.

      • mewhoami

        The way I see it is that a mistake isn’t a mistake at all, as long as we learn from it. It’s when we don’t learn, that’s a mistake. It’s great that you learned young to face your problems instead of running from them. It makes a big difference.

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