Tuesday, 11 October 2011

And that has made all the difference

 I hope you will indulge me. We have been having glorious fall weather and that always brings me back to this poem. I love poetry and I love Robert Frost and it really is not a cliché. Every time I read it, the same words evoke different memories and reflections.

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. 

There are major choices that we have in life that we know will have important consequences without being able to measure them in advance, marrying a Canadian, moving to Canada and having four children, to name only those, in my case!

But, there are other smaller choices, seemingly insignificant choices that can greatly alter our paths. Twelve years ago I was not a knitter and didn't plan on becoming one. Today, I practically knit in my sleep! Two years ago I didn' know the difference between wool and acrylic yarn. Today, my goal is to become and expert and I am doing what? Writing a blog? ! Less than a year ago, I did not know Etsy existed. I now have my own shop of hand knit accessories from all natural fibers. I have "met" extraordinary people and discovered a whole new cyber world!

It is quite mind-boggling, and that is what re-reading Robert Frost has made me realize. The smallest descisions can make the biggest differences in our lives.



Isobel said...

How so very true - everything mentioned in this blog is! Thank you for visiting www.ColdhamCuddliescalling.blogspot.com and becoming a follower! Interested you married a Canadian and went to live in Quebec. We lived in Alberta for 12 years (1975-1987) and although we never got there, we did have friends who emanated from there while we lived in Edmonton! Small world, isnt it. Will be following you too. All the best. Isobel

Laurie said...

Thank you so much for your kind comments Isobel! It certainly is a small world!

You make beautiufl cuddlies! I'll be enjoying following you!

Kanelstrand said...

Let me first say that I love this poem by Robert Frost! It has been a favorite of mine for so many reasons. I also totally agree with you on everything else and believe that we should keep going back to analyze our achievements. If we do that regularly we would have much more self-respect!

olganna said...

Its amazing the journeys we go through, life is full of opportunities and chances and taking the gamble or just trying something new is amazing. Sounds like you are having a ball. (Ha! pardon the pun). Good luck and enjoy the journey. Helen at Olganna Bags http://www.etsy.com/shop/olganna

Christina Williams said...

This is one of my favorite poems. I picked it as a Link of the Week on theblogentourage.com, even though you shared a different link on the FB page. I couldn't help myself. I just love this poem!:)

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