The Road Not Taken

18 12 2011

If you are going to be effective in life, in the circles you traffic, amongst friends and family, perhaps the most important thing you can do is be yourself.  It is understandable and common to simply follow trends, fads, use clichés in speech, work and art.  But you have within you the capacity to place a unique stamp on this life, at this time in history.

But it will take courage.

It means at times walking to the beat of a different drummer as Thoreau said.  It means questioning standard practice and even wisdom for certain things.  It is risky because people tend to be insecure and afraid.  And they tend to be wary of those who step outside the herd.

Be an original.  Take the path that others avoid.  Because it’s unfamiliar.  Because it’s different.  And because it has elements of mystery and the unknown.  The road less traveled.

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




2 responses

18 12 2011

“be yourself”
Yes, but for many, a difficult advise to follow.

18 12 2011
Christian Fahey

I’d agree Eric. It’s not a popular path for sure. 🙂

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