The Road Not Taken

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In his poem The Road Not Taken (included below), Robert Frost  relates to our struggles when making decisions, and wondering if the path we choose will be the best one. Decisions are part of everyday life and it is imperative that once we make up our minds, we let go of the option or options we didn’t pick, and we just move forward with what we have. This is one of the examples of staying in the present that we practice in yoga while on the mat, and that we can take with us in our everyday life!

Of course, staying in the present doesn’t mean that we don’t plan or think about the future, or that we don’t learn from our past lessons. But just as Robert Frost so beautifully writes in his poem, once we choose we know that is very unlikely, if not impossible, that we will be able to go back and walk the not chosen path. Trusting our decision and moving forward with the full confidence that it is the best we can do will help reduce anxiety and will keep our focus on our intention.

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.

2 thoughts on “The Road Not Taken

  1. As an English major, this has always been one of my favorite poems. So simple, yet so profound and true of every single person at some time of life.

    Mau, the book section looks great and flows well.

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