The Road Now Taken


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Discovery Trail, Nevada City CA

Have you ever found yourself in a situation that you are fighting and losing? I’m not talking about things out of your control where all you can do is move forward and survive. This is a time where you can influence the outcome. Where the same thing keeps making an appearance in your life—a theme. You respond the same, and the same conclusion appears. It’s not the ending you’d like to see, yet you keep doing it over and over.

Well, I’m in one of those life “moments”. Of course, my first response is to fight the situation and create the outcome I want, but it isn’t working. So, all I can do is step back and see where I am being guided. The “why” becomes what can I “learn” from this? What am I missing? What I think should be going on right now and reality–are two completely different things. Will I finally make those changes that I need in my life? I’ve found if I don’t, life has a way of making sure I do! Yet, I’m always glad for the lesson, even if I grumble all the way through it.

So, firmly embedded in this life change, I look at the picture above my desk.  It’s a bare tree silhouetted in winter on the left side, and on the other side is one of my favorite poems, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. I know the meaning can be interpreted many different ways, but I approach it in a positive manner. I see it as an life affirming change–when the time comes.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—/I took the one less traveled by,/And that has made all the difference.”–Robert Frost

I’m choosing that new road that shows less sign of travel. I’ve been on the other path for a long time and seen all I can. It’s time to branch off into new territory and find that “difference” I’m seeking. Then, when I get a sign I’m going in the right direction, I know I’ve learned and changed on the road now taken.

More in future blogs on some of those signs and changes!

Next week I will share some books I’ve been reading!

Heading into the Holidays…embrace your inner child! D.L. Finn

20 thoughts on “The Road Now Taken”

    1. Thank you, John. I always try to follow the signs along my path. Sometimes I see them sometimes I miss them:) Not too dire, just me having a stubborn idea of how things should be now in my life and life having other ideas for me. Thanks:)

    1. Yes, if there is no change then we never go anywhere…and most of of us have been there for sure! Now my cats on the other hand are much less accepting of all this change:)

  1. Lovely reflection and a perfect choice. Would you like company in spirit? I’d like to travel with you as a friend never met, a sister of another life, a seeker of truths often hidden. Sending you love… ♥

    1. I would love your company in spirit:) I like the images of friends never met, sister of another life and seeker of truths….a beautiful sentiment across the distance that– makes it closer. Thank you sending you love right back.

  2. It sounds like you have found peace with your decision to take the road less traveled. Wishing you the very best, D.L., and blessings throughout the journey!

    1. Thank you Michelle! Yes, life has a way of getting us out of our comfort zone and setting us down a new path.

    1. It can I agree– which is why we stay on the path we know. Life will give us that little nudge and luckily send us the right people to take the road with us.

  3. Thanks DL! These are profound thoughts and I think for many of us who took up writing later in life, it has definitely been to follow the path less often taken! I’m looking forward to reading more about your journey in future.💐💐💐

    1. Thanks Maretha! You are right there are many who took up writing and are on that road. I have a friend who just retired, but I feel like I am just getting started!

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