If we had a crystal ball, everything would become clear. Which road to take and which path would lead to our final destination?
If we could only view our life before it unfolded and see mistakes before they happened! Our vission would be 20/20 and that view would include our health, relationships, investments, career, and of course where we chose to live. If only…
The path less traveled has been a mantra of mine since I was knee high to a grasshopper. This “mantra” has led to some crushing defeats and some wonderful victories. I wish I’d focused more on others while listening to those with vast more knowledge and experience to determine which path to take.
In our youth many have wasted those years in self medication and other indulgent expressions. We ebb and flow as the sands of time erode our constitution and leave us with an aging perspective of what could have been. But through this veil we see the blessed moments that bring everything into a clearer view, like the adjustment of the rear view mirror in our car… but different.
Our blessings are counted with family and friends that we have planted and harvested along the way. Relationships of any kind take time to cultivate and become stronger as our trust builds into foundations of love.
The paths we travel are simply the magnetic pull of the universe stearing us in one direction or another providing trials along the way, testing what we’ve learned and how we apply it. Any path begins with one foot forward into a faith driven abyss based upon the knowledge we have accumulated up until that moment in time.
As we get older our vision goes from years ahead, to months, to days, to moments. But with most of us the ethos of discovery and the latest adventure is what keeps our soul vibrant, young, and interesting. These characteristics unfold into an experience that translates to expanding our layers of wisdom. By not only reading about a place or person but going there and meeting those different people in different cultures we give ourselves a greater perspective of the world. We also can see how truly similar people are within the context of family and friends.
Each road we travel has curves and bends to the samba of lifes challenges. These challenges make the gifts we receive that much more satisfying. For without conflict, disappointments and setbacks our comebacks, triumphs, and rewards would not be quite so sweet.
“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. A poem by Robert Frost
Which ever path we take, we end up in the same place… the end of the road. But that ending can be the beginning for whatever lies beyond our understanding of God, the universe, and what part we play in this drama we call life.
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