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QOTD – Meet Me At the Crossroads

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; 5

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, 10

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. 15

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.

Every day is filled with moments, and, in each moment, there are choices. A choice, once made, cannot be unmade. If we let this thought truly sink in during every momentary terror in life, well, one would dare not eat a peach.

But there are times in life when your two paths are more significant than eating chocolate or vanilla ice cream, than vacationing to the beach or the mountains.

There are moments in life that define you as a person, moments that dictate your future, who you are and who you will become. In these moments, we find ourselves staring down each path as far as we can, imagining where it might lead. Hypothesizing. Guessing. Hoping.

But knowing you can be only one traveller, and a path cannot truly be walked until the steps are actually taken, how do you decide what you can’t know?

About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

2 comments on “QOTD – Meet Me At the Crossroads

  1. SDR
    March 21, 2014

    Faith will help you decide! There are moments in life that occur that give insight that change is required. Change in how we love, how we act, how we care, how we help and how we change not only for ourselves but for those we love.

  2. Hunter
    March 21, 2014

    When logical conclusions fail, often times the more primal instincts will not lead you astray. Sometimes the subconscious makes decisions better than the conscience can simply because it is you rather than what you may wish you could be or what others are influencing you to be.

    As for the self-defining moments, usually they aren’t as black and white as “chocolate or vanilla” or diverging paths as you put it. There have been moments in my life where it long after the event when i’m looking back that I’ve realized just how influencing a moment was and what came of it. A slight change here, a minor one there and I may be a very different person now… or not here at all as the case may be fore the moment I have in mind.

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