Blog Post #266:  Two roads in the woods

Today I’m looking at Robert Frost’s famous poem about two roads diverging in the woods:

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

(more to the poem)

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference We do come to junctures frequently.  We are at points of tough decisions. Making the tough decisions.  

For many of us, those decisions are challenges for us.  Sometimes we MUST take the well traveled road – the road that is worn, the road that seems maybe easier.  Sometimes we MUST take the road less traveled.

I’m not the expert to suggest which one is the best for you.  There is a suggestion that you can’t discover new lands unless you leave the sight of the shore.  

I have two friends (and their family) that a year ago left their job and moved to Australia for the year.  Their sons got to go to the barrier reef, to the Australian Open Tennis tournament, to many places that were not possible to them if they were in the United States and only were tourists to Australia.  

They recently returned – and are back to ‘almost normal’, but the ‘normal’ will never be normal again.  They have been changed by this year in Australia for them. They saw an opportunity for them and took the road less traveled by.

I left a solid, secure and ‘tenured’ position twice for the road less traveled by.  After teaching high school for seven years, I left for a one-year position at a college; after teaching at a great university for eighteen years, I left for a position in another state.  The first change brought me the ‘desire of my heart’ – the desire to teach at a college. The second change brought me to international travel, to a Fulbright experience, to national prominence and some great experiences.  Then there was the third move – to Texas to be close to our family (and our new-born ‘perfect’ granddaughters).

I also know friends who have worked the same job for 40 plus years.  Not sure if opportunities came their way – or that they saw a ‘road less traveled’.  Maybe they saw the opportunity – and decided not to take it. To be safe and secure.

It is hard for me to say if they were right or wrong.  We all make our own decisions.

How about you?  Have you had those tough decisions?  How did you make the decision.


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Have a great day!!



Posted by Bruce White

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