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The Road Less Traveled

July 19, 2011

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;

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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,

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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.

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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.

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       There is a path that everyone takes.  But there is also one less traveled.  I do believe in Mr. Frost’s final lines.  “I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”  This applies in many areas of life.  It applies in the spiritual realm.  The Bible clearly states that the road to destruction is wide, but the road to life is narrow and few find it.

     This truth applies in our social choices.  Everyone may be doing it, but does that make it right.  Quite often it is the less traveled road that leads to right choices.

     This truth defiantly applies to our culture.  The new norm for families is overscheduled segregation.

     You are now in a yellow wood starring down two paths.  It is up to you.  The wonderful thing about each morning is that we get to choose anew.  We get to choose who we will serve.  We get to choose how we will think.  We get to choose, for the most part, what we will do. 

     So what paths will you choose today?  I think I will try the ones less traveled.  I already know that the end of the other roads lead to stress, family distance and even destruction.  I think I will enjoy meandering along the grassy lane.  I plan on taking my time.  Who knows, I may even stop for a picnic.  How about you?

      I want to thank all of you who took the time to send me a comment.  Each and every comment blesses me, gives me new ideas and helps to guide me.  The winners will be receiving a copy of a small book I found at a garage sale.  “Slow Down Therapy” by Linus Mundy

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