It’s always worth sharing Robert Frost’s metaphor for life. It requires nothing more, no explanation, no analysis. For me, it hasn’t worn out from over use. I’ve rearranged the stanzas and made it more like prose, but left the original punctuation and capitalisation, (I did the opposite with Shelly) – poets (living or dead) must find me really annoying !! Sorry Poets !!
In it’s entirety then….
The Road not Taken
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both, And be one traveller, long I stood, And looked down one as far as I could, To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, 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.
And I’ll just add a little bit (couldn’t help me-self), a quote attributed to The (Gautama) Buddha: No one saves us but ourselves, No one can and no one may, We ourselves must walk the path.
If that’s not a genuine Buddha quote, then I’ll expect to see it here – http://www.fakebuddhaquotes.com/all-fake-buddha-quotes/a blog by Bodhipaksa – very amusingly titled indeed – watch the changing headers, one of them (my fave) is… “Pretty sure I never said that” – The Buddha.
Also good to know that Bodhipaksa does amazing recordings for the Mindfulness of Breathing, and The Metta Bhavana… I use them, and I feel calm, happy, well, and full of loving kindness afterwards (if I didn’t feel quite that full of loving kindness before !!!)