The Road Not Taken

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.

Robert Frost

This is one of my favorite poems from my very early years. In my life I have also tended to take the road less traveled. It is interesting, and scary. I made a decision recently that is taking me in a different, perhaps more focused direction. I have been trying to write a book on decision making for the past couple of years. I had a lovely outline, and was several chapters into it.

I kept going back, changing things, trying to define what is missing. I had lots of research invested into it, and plenty of hard core logic within my chapters. And … it was boring as all get out! I truly wanted to help people define how to make the best decisions in their lives, and I was getting lost in the process.

My “Aha!” moment was when I realized that instead of the process of decision making, I should focus on the process of making choices. To me this broadened the playing field, and made the book much more interesting. Decisions are conclusions that we come to after research and deliberation. While making choices does involve a level of decision making, to me it shows more heart, more caring.

Choices are my road less traveled.

Our Wellness Journey Is One Of Choices

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”  ~  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Sometimes choices are easy to make, sometimes they are not. But choices are what life is all about! Our wellness journey is one in which our goal is to balance all facets of our life so that we are at peace. Our goals are in alignment with our beliefs, and our outer world reflects our inner world.

I have been gifted with several opportunities lately, and the decisions that I made simply fell into place. I was offered a small writing opportunity in an upcoming book, and I took it. It will stretch what I do, and I get to work with someone that I admire. I have been asked to review a book, and I happily accepted this opportunity – solely based on the books title! I do have to say that I admire the author, but that is secondary in this case to an incredible title! Another opportunity I had to decline, although again I truly admire the individual that offered it to me. I simply did not have the time to do the work required.

The end of the month is coming, so I have the catalogs out for the wellness company that I joined. The first of the month I will be placing my second order, which will require some thought, as this company has so many outstanding products.

I also need a new computer, as soon as possible. This is a need and not a want. Well, perhaps both, but the need supersedes the want, as I have to log onto the phone line that I work for through the Internet, and I don’t have a backup computer. My current laptop, that has served me so well, is having some issues. Strange issues. So I will purchase a new laptop, and take my current laptop to the laptop doctors to have it cleaned up so that it can be my backup.

How do you feel about the decisions you are making? Do they reflect the life that you want?