A famous poem by Robert Frost begins with —“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…” and ends with “I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” The image is not yellow woods and there is only one road. Frost goes on to say, that both roads were “worn … really about the same” and they “that morning equally lay…” Both roads were very similar; he made a choice.
Frost pursued the successful road of a poet – you and I may have initially taken singular roads; some of us have crisscrossed on many different roads. Maybe you are satisfied with one road or maybe the many roads have defined who you are today. If I keep the “road” metaphor going, some roads were tangled with regret – like the recorded travel of Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. Maybe, you retraced your steps to rediscover a road you wanted to pursue many years ago. Maybe, today you are on that road. Regardless of our choice of roads, our collective journeys continue from birth to death and all the joys and sorrows that are tied to life. Despite all the difficulties of life’s journey or the roads taken I like to think of the book A Long Obedience in the Same Direction written by Eugene Peterson. Read the title again – what does it mean to you? The book is about discipleship; we are all disciples of something. You get to choose.
The photograph was taken on what we call our “34 Days Across America.” I climbed the hill beside the road to get a panorama of the colorful hills. At first, I did not want to include the newly paved road. However, the road was part of our storied 11,244-mile journey. It was a road that weaved us through the painted West, and all the sights from beginning to end.
Whatever, 2019 holds for you. As much as it depends on you be at peace with everyone and travel your road in the same direction that achieves peace, your goals for prosperity, and your service to others.
Happy New Year