Tuesday, October 31, 2006

the road not taken

What are your thoughts on "the road not taken?" You know, when we make a conscious choice to change directions or stay the course, choosing one path over another. There are positives and negatives to all choices. What are your experiences? No incorrect answers--just a query for those interested in sharing their perspective.


bryan torre said...

I think we sometimes spend time thinking about "the road not taken" (ie, the choice we DIDN'T make) that we coudl better spend making our actual situation better. it's true we may have been happier or a better person if we'd made different choices, but you can't learn anything yesterday.

i know that wasn't really your question.

i'm just learning now to be less afraid of risk, to be alive and happy in the moments i have, to not sweat the little choices so much.

on the other hand, where we ultimately arrive is sometimes less a matter of one or two big choices as it is a matter of an accumulation of little ones. i'm thinking here about self-discipline issues -- diet, alcohol, how we spend our time, etc.

above all, i like the Rober Frost poem that says

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
I took the one less traveled by
And had to eat bugs till the park rangers rescued me...

jay are said...

yeah, it's the buggy issues that'll get you really.

It's sometimes an interesting exercise to imagine what the road not taken might've been, but it's something I rarely do. However, I do love to think sometimes about how little turns in life set us on a path that is totally different than the one we'd have been on otherwise. One of my favorite lines of a song is: "Turn a different corner and we never would have met." Sometimes it's that uncomplicated.