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 – The Road Not Taken)
I (Gary) started a ride earlier this year with the Tour of Honor. (I’ll not go into details about it, but please check it out at tourofhonor.com.) This morning, someone had posted Robert Frost’s poem on their Facebook page. I hope my high school English teacher will forgive me, but I paid little attention when we read American literature in her calss. This morning, I read the poem a couple of times.
I laid there in bed and thought about where my life has taken me. I have taken the road most traveled a many times, and the road not taken a few times. I have met some great people along my travels as our roads crossed, and one in particular that I am glad our roads have merged.
We are now retired. Our daily roads tend to be a lot more of taking roads not traveled. At least not traveled by us before.
As December warns of the ending of 2018 with January bringing in 2019. I try to take a weekend of solitude around the new year to ponder my goals for the coming year. I don’t call them resolutions because these tend to be short lived and quickly broken. I make goals: major goals and minor/interim goals. The interim goals to give me little “wins” along the way while continuing on my journey to my major goals. Maybe it goes back to my days working on long term projects, but I also give myself a timeline.
So, as we prepare to tackle 2019, I hope that our roads cross. Maybe we will travel a few miles together. Until the day that we meet, follow us here.
Hope you enjoy.
MaryJo and Gary