Two Paths and The Road Not Taken

Two Paths

Two Paths to Take

Always Two Paths to Take

“There are always two choices, two paths to take, one is easy, and that is it’s only reward.”

You awaken to the sound of the alarm, the choice of what time you made the night before. You brush your teeth with toothpaste you chose and shower using your favorite brand. You dress wearing clothes you chose and then move on to a day that you will have nearly total control of by your own specific choices. These are short paths and even though they seem to be minor decisions, they can have long term consequences.

You also get to choose the more important longer paths. What career path you will follow, whether you will marry or not, what school you will go to or if you will go, whether to stay physically fit, and what spiritual path you will follow, just to name a few.

I know what you are thinking, at least some of you, that your life is generally out of your control, that you have very few choices if any in your life. You think that your life controls you instead of the other way around.

But let’s face it, the hard cold truth of the matter is that that’s not true and deep inside you know it. Who you are and where you are right now, is for the most part the sum total of all the choices you have made in your life.

Let me repeat, who you are and where you are, is based on the sum total of the choices you have made thus far in your life.

Yes, there were and are some things that are beyond your control, but for the most part, you decide second by second, minute by minute and day by day the choices that ultimately make up your life.

There are always choices to be made and you personally get to make the majority of those that make the most difference in your life. Yeah…you do.

The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken

Have you ever wondered about the choices you have made? Do you ever think about the road not taken? Who would you be and where would you be if you had taken a different path.

No one captures this idea better than American poet Robert Frost in his famous poem, The Road Not Taken.

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;

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.

Choices Have Consequences

What roads you will take and how you live your life is largely up to you, but remember every choice you make will have consequences.

Some choices are easy and others can be extremely difficult, even painful to make. Your own person circumstances will affect how you make them.

However, even under the worst of conditions you can make choices that will be for your benefit and others benefit or to theirs or your detriment.

Holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankel, said this.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

Viktor Frankel survived a living Hell, but managed to make choices that allowed him to survive his situation and help others.

So you can see even under the most terrible of circumstances you are nearly always in control of something even if it is nothing more than your attitude.

Life is Choice

Life Is Choice

Life is Choice

Your life is a series of choices and you get to choose.

You decide if you will be healthy by the choices you make.
You decide if you will pursue education and knowledge.
You decide who you associate with.
You decide what vocations or hobbies you’ll have.
You decide what is good or evil.
You decide to believe in God or not.
You decide if someone offends you.
You decide what you decide, no one else does.

Remember while the choices may at times seem overwhelming, you only have to make one decision at a time. And because you are creating your life one choice at a time, be careful to choose wisely.

But how do you choose?

Path of Life

Path of Life

First decide what you want your life to be, and then make choices to do what you have to do to make it happen. It really is that simple, one choice at a time, no more, no less.

And although there will be many people trying to tell you how to live your life and some may have good counsel, know this, ultimately the decision is yours. And that is the beauty of it all, you get to choose.

Henry David Thoreau said this about making choices.

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”

Your choices may lead to a well worn path travelled by others or the road less travelled.

In any case you get to decide.

Explore the Adventurous Life – The Choice is Yours

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