Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Road Not Taken

I have been in a great mood today!  I really need to work on being more upbeat on a daily basis.  Today, even mouthy sixth graders managed to make me laugh.  That has got to say something! lol

On my hour commute home, I got to thinking about a poem I learned in 9th grade English class.  I was offered the elusive "extra credit" if I memorized it.  I worked for hours that week, reading the poem over and over.  Finally, I managed to memorize it (well enough to satisfy my teacher that is).  The poem I am referring to is The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.  Even though parts of it are hazy, I still remember the sentiment and most of the words.  

The poem got me pondering my current situation (work, life, etc) and I came to a startling conclusion.  Even though I didn't choose the road I am on, I am happy where it is taking me! I can see that things will change and I needed to change some major things to get the ball rolling.  So, the end of last school year, I was forced kicking and screaming down the road less traveled, but I believe it was truly the road I was meant to be on.  While the track I am on might not be my final destination, it is a means to an end and I am truly thankful for it!

The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, 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

1 comment:

  1. I've always LOVED that poem, thanks for the reminder. I might just print it up and attach it to my mirror. Good luck on the new goal of daily upbeat-ness!