Thursday, October 11, 2012

The One Less Traveled By

Asalamu Alaykom,

We know Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken".  Maybe we had to read it in school----or maybe we had to teach it.  Really, it's not a poem for a restless classroom.  It's a poem for a quiet morning when the sun fills your room and you feel like your whole life awaits you.

Take a moment.

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 marked 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

Yes.  Robert Frost mashahallah actually did write a beautiful poem.

It's not possible to take only one road ever.  It's a decision to be made again and again.  As young people we miss that point.  I thought there was a BIG MOMENT which would either make me or break me.  It used to alarm me how I could be making the wrong decision and ruining my whole life.  I think, in some ways, it scared me into staying put and numbing my need to move on.    

It is courageous to fight fears of failure and make a move---even if no one else understands what you're doing.  It's hard to feel alone on the journey yet to remain hopeful that you will meet someone else who feels alone.  And it's difficult to know that some companions on the path walk alongside us for a short time before taking another way.

Ultimately, it's about having a conviction that your life MUST be lived consciously with choices and decisions.  You will not wander without wondering.  It's envisioning that your process now makes a difference in the future.  It's being an active participant in your days even if you don't exactly understand where that will bring you.

1 comment:

ummukhalid said...

Yes, I love this poem too. it always reminds us that whatever choices we make will have consequences that we have to accept..if it's good..alhamdulillah..otherwise, astaghfirullah..