Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 66 comments

Ormanc?
Creative Commons License photo credit: ilkin.

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.

~ Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken"

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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} December 6, 2009 at 2:14 am

HI Lance,
I felt like this so often when i started my spiritual journey. I was confused and to some extent was always bombarded with the worlds difference of opinion…is the majority right…am i wrong…??
But I stayed put with my faith in the Almighty….and today i am happy I took this road…it might be full od pebbles and mountains…but each and every pebble and each and every mountain have taught me more and more…
I thank you today for reminding me of that time of my life…it somehow makes me look back and think today is exactly where I am supposed to be.
Thank you lance as always..this touches the heart and soul immensely. 🙂
With Love,
Z
.-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s Last Fabulous Post ..Shine Your Light{Inspiration from Marianne Williamson} =-.

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Barbara Swafford December 6, 2009 at 3:07 am

Hi Lance,

Taking the road less traveled is what has lead to the most growth for me. It’s when making those decisions the adrenaline gets pumping, the mind starts racing and my greatest discoveries have been made. Although is can be scary, the rewards make it all worth while.
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..If I Said It First, Is It Mine =-.

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Suzie Cheel December 6, 2009 at 3:15 am

Love it and a favorite topic of mine, The fork in the road.
Thanks for the time to reflect and to remind me that the Road less travelled as Robert Frost reninds us usually does mean we make a difference not only to our life but to those we touch on the way.

I have taken many roads less travelled and my life is so much richer for the journeys

namaste
Suzie
.-= Suzie Cheel´s Last Fabulous Post ..Law of Attraction Carnival #57 =-.

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Hilary December 6, 2009 at 3:53 am

Hi Lance .. we learn so much from taking the difficult path – new opportunities, hidden ideas – always take the path where we can expand our horizons .. as we travel out of the yellow the horizon and its world will appear.

Yellow wood – I love those words .. in South Africa – they have a yellow wood and it’s a gorgeous golden deep yellow colour – and always melts my heart! I brought two breadboards back with me .. untouched by a bread knife – they hang on my kitchen wall glowing at me!!

Have a good week pre Christmas with family and friends ..
Hilary Melton-Butcher
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat …Christmas through the ages …. =-.

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Katie West/The Levity Coach December 6, 2009 at 5:03 am

Lance…Happy Merry Sunday to you. Cheers to a cup of Sunday Coffee together.
I found this quote in my 20s and it did make all the difference. It became a mantra of sorts…”What is the road less traveled?” and it would guide my decisions. And at the time, people joked that I was always off on some adventure doing some new thing…I knew that by taking the road less traveled would lead me to where I needed to go…
And now years since my adventures may have me staying closer to home with little kids and a family…the road less traveled is more metaphorical as Frost intended. I ask myself to take the bolder step, the unknown, and the one that challenges me to my leading edge.
Lance… I am so grateful to know that you, too, are out here on the road less traveled leading us all by example. Keep on truckin’ buddy. You are so dear.
Katie
.-= Katie West/The Levity Coach´s Last Fabulous Post ..Laughter Flash: Giving the Gift of Laughter 2009 =-.

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Trish @IamSucceeding December 6, 2009 at 5:21 am

Robert Frost is my all time fave poet! This particular one of my particular favorites!

Have a totally awesome day!
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Lynn December 6, 2009 at 6:20 am

It made me smile when I realized the poem was “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. A wonderful poem and a wonderful message.
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Lance December 6, 2009 at 6:37 am

@Zeenat – When we venture out on our own paths, paths that are not necessarily heavily traveled – it can sometimes feel like we’re an island…out their on our own. And it can be so easy to question if we’re doing the right thing. So, it is so good to read this today, and know that you stayed the course on this path you took. Your soul shines, and I’m sure that’s because of this journey you have been on, and what it has meant for your life. Know that reading this, also, is so good for my own soul…

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. The road less traveled can be challenging at times, but it is also so richly filled with our own personal growth. Scary? Yes. Deeply rewarding? Most definitely. Thanks so much for sharing how these experiences have impacted your life…

@Suzie – Yes, those forks in the road. And when we’re presented with a choice or which path to take, when we really listen to our heart, and take those paths that might not be the “standard fare”, great things can happen…great in the sense of enriching our lives in ways that can be hard to fully grasp. Suzie, thank you, always, for your insight.

@Hilary – Hi Hilary. There is so much out there, if we dare to really listen to our heart, and go after our dreams…dreams that may easily take us down some unknown path. And therein lies so much beauty…much like the yellow wood that is deeply connecting for you… Happy Sunday to you!

@Katie West – Katie…thank YOU! And a very happy, merry, and sparkly Sunday to YOU! Mmmm…the coffee is wonderful today. And where you are today is a beautiful place (that place inside of you). Had you not taken these roads less traveled, our paths may have never crossed. So, know that I am grateful for these roads you have taken…and to where they have led you today. And I know that in front of you lie many new paths on your journey, and these are paths that will have deep meaning to you. Katie, keep on living as you are…living life on those paths of life that are right and good for you. It’s sweet to watch it all unfold. Love, hugs, and chocolate chip cookies…

@Trish – What Robert Frost wrote here really touches upon each of us choosing the journey that is right for us…and that’s such a great thing to remember. It’s great having you here today Trish!

@Lynn – Hi Lynn. The message Robert Frost shares is a great reminder for us all…that what matters is not what the world thinks, it is what we each believe in our heart…

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Lisis December 6, 2009 at 6:52 am

I love this poem… and I don’t even remember what the OTHER road looks like, it’s been so long since I’ve seen it!

Happy Sunday, Lance!
🙂
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Joanna Sutter December 6, 2009 at 6:57 am

I am certainly on a road I’ve never traveled. It’s a remarkable and rocky road. But I’m convinced that it will make a difference. 😉

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Mindful Mimi December 6, 2009 at 7:03 am

Lance,
It is not about where it leads, but all about the the journey, the grass along the way.
Great Sunday thought.
M
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Peggy December 6, 2009 at 7:26 am

Hi Lance,

This is one of my favorite Frost poems. It’s not the destination that has so much impact but the journey to get there.

Happy Sunday!
Peggy

PS – about 2 miles from where I live is the house Robert Frost was born and grew up in…
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Diane Fit to the Finish December 6, 2009 at 7:39 am

I love Frost poetry – it’s one of the few that I really can connect with. The road I took in the beginning of my adult life fortunately had a branch off into a healthy direction. Thank God for second chances.
.-= Diane Fit to the Finish´s Last Fabulous Post ..It’s Looking Like Christmas =-.

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Evita December 6, 2009 at 8:02 am

My heart first smiled at the photo and then even more as I read those famous words. Ah yes, the road less traveled. It isn’t ways the easier road to take, but it can definately be a more fulfiling road. It al depends on what each one of us is looking for, what type of growth or experiences we each seek.

I know for me the road less traveled has also turned out to make all the difference.
Happy Sunday 🙂
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..Essential Energy with Cyndi Dale: The Dream of Love =-.

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Amanda Linehan December 6, 2009 at 8:19 am

Happy Sunday Lance! – I’ve always loved this poem and it perfectly describes what it feels like to walk down the path of Life. When you come to those forks, it can be stressful, because you know that you won’t get another chance to go down the fork you didn’t choose. In those instances, trusting your internal guidance will lead you down the right (correct) fork. 🙂
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Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker December 6, 2009 at 8:29 am

This Robert Frost poem has long been one of my favorites since the first time that I read it in high school literature class. There are so many crossroads in life.
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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord December 6, 2009 at 8:53 am

I’ve always loved the metaphor expressed by this poem, and it reminds me that to live authentically sometimes means to take the road less traveled and trust that it’s the best – and only – choice. Many thanks for this reminder, Lance!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..7 Steps for Climbing the Staircase to Joy =-.

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Blake December 6, 2009 at 8:57 am

I had to memorize this in 7th grade. It has a lot more meaning now than it did then. Thanks for posting this.
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Miguel de Luis December 6, 2009 at 8:58 am

What may I say? It looks like the story of most of my life 🙂
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Nadia - Happy Lotus December 6, 2009 at 11:47 am

Hi Lance,

This poem has been one of my favorites ever since I was a teenager. I have always taken the road less traveled and I have never regreted it all. It is not a very popular road and it can be tough at times but so worth the journey.
.-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s Last Fabulous Post ..When in Doubt: To Be Like John or Jesus? Part Two =-.

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Carla December 6, 2009 at 12:32 pm

I think for me I have always wanted safety and perfectibility. Maybe it stems from my upbringing where there was none. I figure why should I spend the rest of my life suffering (regardless if taking the unbeaten path would lead to that or not). I wish I can be one of the ones who proclaim living outside the box, but it would be very dishonest.
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Karl - Work Happy Now December 6, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Robert Frost is one of my favorites. So smooth. Made me a little jealous actually, but that’s OK. It shows me how much I care about crisp and beautiful writing.

I love that he reflects back and realizes that his life was filled with taking the path no one else took. It was because of this that he separated himself from the other poets.

I strive to take the path untraveled, but it’s not easy. It’s scary to create your own path. The thing is that’s where the fun is at.
.-= Karl – Work Happy Now´s Last Fabulous Post ..Hard, Fun and Beautiful – Holiday Hangover Edition =-.

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Davina December 6, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Happy Sunday Lance. You’ve reminded me how much I LOVE Robert Frost’s poetry. So much heart and gentle rhyme. Ah — thank you for putting this one up. That’s a gorgeous mood-setting photo to go with it.
.-= Davina´s Last Fabulous Post ..Poem #4: Cover Me Mother =-.

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Terie December 6, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Lance, this is most certainly a great message and I thank you for the reminder that we must all look within ourselves and do what matters most to us and those we love. So often we follow suit because it’s tradition or the way it has always been. I personally like the road less traveled and I’m glad to see I’m not alone 🙂 Happy Sunday!!
.-= Terie´s Last Fabulous Post ..It must be love =-.

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Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings December 6, 2009 at 4:34 pm

There’s a lot of wisdom in those words. It’s the road less travelled that requires more courage but also generally delivers the best gifts.
.-= Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s Last Fabulous Post ..Kick Arse Question – Human Beauty =-.

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suzen December 6, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Hi Lance! Ahhh, one of my all time absolute best ever favorites – enough adjectives already? – poem! I have been on that road less taken – sometimes because I got kicked OFF the other road, sometimes because I RAN AWAY from the crowds on it, and sometimes because I was just “lost”. I don’t regret a moment of it – although being a lamp unto oneself did set my hair afire a few times! I’m more cautious with the torch nowadays! 🙂
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Joy December 6, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Oh Lance,
Absolutely perfect for this day in my life. Tears in my eyes as I read one of my favorite life poems which you chsoe to share in this space. Divine Timing! I always take the road less traveled and here I am reeling from huge disappointment, doubting my way, yet knowing it is right…and there is such poignant beauty through Robert Frost. Thank you:)

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Mark Salinas December 6, 2009 at 6:04 pm

I always like the quotes! Thanks Lance!
.-= Mark Salinas´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday Approach =-.

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Wilma Ham December 6, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Oh Lance, how come poets say such wonderful things in such a wonderful way and HOW come they know so much?

AND when Blake said he had to learn it at school, they should pohibit reading such good poetry at school, reading these at school thoroughly ruined them for me.
These poems need to be read with the heart and never ever explained in a school context.

Thanks Lance for letting me taste this in another more appropriate context and see the beauty in these words.
.-= Wilma Ham´s Last Fabulous Post ..Don’t let change in your circumstances fool you. =-.

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Miche | Serenity Hacker December 6, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Definitely one of my favorite poems of all time, if not my total favorite. Thanks for sharing it! 🙂 Miche
.-= Miche | Serenity Hacker´s Last Fabulous Post ..Regaining Inner Peace, Clarity and Focus When You’re Busy: Walking Gratitude Meditation =-.

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Lance December 6, 2009 at 9:14 pm

@Lisis – Lisis, it’s always wonderful to see you here. I really do believe you are traveling this road in so many ways…the road less traveled. And I just think it is so good for you and your family. Keep on doing what feels right to you…it is beautiful to watch unfold. Happy Sunday to YOU!

@Joanna – Joanna, YOU make a difference. I’ve personally witnessed this. And it’s been an honor to travel down one path with you. Whatever lies ahead for you, wherever the road you are on take you…I know you are poised to do so much good…

@Mimi – Yes…the journey…that is what it is all about. And when we find some path on that journey that might seem a little overgrown, that can certainly be a path worth exploring…

@Peggy – Hi Peggy. The journey, and all the little steps along the way…that means so much. Do we realize that, though, as we travel through our life? Do we realize, that at this moment, we are on that journey, living it, breathing it, being it… If we can fully realize this, the journey becomes even more impactful. And a very happy Sunday to you too!

@Diane – Robert Frost really makes beautiful poetry, and this piece is no exception. So good to hear that you took the branch into a healthy lifestyle. I’ve seen this on your site, and love to see how you have evolved to where you are today. That’s not always an easy path to take, the healthy path – yet you have, and the results have been amazing. Wonderful!

@Evita – I really loved this photo too. Something about the sunlight in there with it all, I think. And I think you’ve hit upon something so important here, Evita. What are we each looking for? That is the path we should be on, and when that path comes from the heart, that can most definitely be a path less traveled, even if it feels like it’s not. And I think that’s the case because taking this journey with our heart is a less-traveled path. Evita, I love to hear what you are doing as you travel down the paths you have chosen…paths that most definitely are “less traveled”, and so, so good for you. Happy Sunday to you!

@Amanda – Happy Sunday Amanda! I really believe that listening to our “internal guidance” is a part of that whole “road less traveled”…because all too often, people are doing this. And listing to this internal guidance doesn’t mean we might not end up on the same road, it just means that we are getting there in a way that is right and true…a road less traveled…

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Jodi at Joy Discovered December 6, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Hi Lance,
It has been so long since I’ve read this poem! How fun!
Have a wonderful week, Jodi
.-= Jodi at Joy Discovered´s Last Fabulous Post ..Happy Thanksgiving! =-.

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Lance December 6, 2009 at 9:36 pm

@Patricia – Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker — At those crossroads in life, choosing a path with our heart can make all the difference. Robert Frost…he understood that very well…

@Megan – Hi Megan. We can easily second guess ourselves on choices we have made. Really, though, it is about trusting where we are at on the path of life – and knowing that we can always change course, always find a less traveled path along the way. I find comfort in that…

@Blake – Hi Blake. Reading your comment, it makes me wonder about how good memorization really is for us. Maybe we remember something, but do we really comprehend it? I don’t know, and I suppose it’s a bit diffrent for every person. What counts, now, is that it has more meaning now, and that is so good to read.

@Miguel – And that’s a wonderful story, Miguel. Keep on taking those less traveled roads in your life, and keep listening to your heart…

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. Your words inspire me! YOu are defintely right that the road less traveled can be difficult. When we do this with our heart, though, what a beautiful place to travel…despite the difficulties. Know that I very much connect with the path you are on…

@Carla – There can certainly be a level of comfort in safety. Carla, you may not see it, but I do. Maybe it’s not living fully out of the box, but it is taking a road less traveled. I watch what you are doing, where life has led you – and I am moved by what this all been. And it is also beautiful to see.

@Karl – I know! Robert Frost has such a beautiful way with words. And when we are out there, on a unknown path in our life – yes, that can be very scary. If we keep at it, though – there is so much fun to be had on these life paths too. And that is so important to also remember. So, Karl, keep on creating your path – there are great things in front of you!

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Lance December 6, 2009 at 10:11 pm

@Davina – Happy Sunday to you, Davina! Robert Frost’s poetry is especially touching, and this piece I really find to be so. That, along with the photo, really hit at something deeper for me. Glad you liked it!

@Terie – I really believe that’s it…that this “road less traveled” is very much us looking within. And then, to live out that path our internal look has given to us. So, Terie, keep on living this life that matters to you, this road that is less traveled, but oh so good to be on…

@Sami – Courage is a great word to tie in with this poem. It does take courage to really and deeply travel this life path that is not the norm. When we do, though, there is just so much good that comes from it…and beautiful gifts along the way.

@Suzen – Hi Suzen. I do agree, this Robert Frost poem really is so, so good! And I love your attitude about all of this! It reminds me, that no matter what life throws our way, we can always choose our attitude – and that can make all the difference. And a few fire…Suzen, that just makes for a brighter YOU…and provides some super great stories to share!

@Joy – Joy, thank you so much for stopping by here today. There will be moments, for all of us, where we doubt the choices we’ve made. And maybe there is disappointment attached with some of this. Still, keep on believing in this path you are on. Joy, I know from reading your story, that yours is very much one of “road less traveled”. And I think what you are doing is so incredibly soul-connecting for you. What you are doing is making all the difference…

@Mark Salinas – Thanks much Mark!

@Wilma – Poetry, when we really stop and let the words soak in, the meaning touch our soul- can be so powerful and deeply connecting. Robert Frost did that beautifully with this poem. And now you have me thinking about memorization – and if that is really teaching us anything at all – especially when it comes to pieces of literature. I think about things I do have memorized, and then think about how they lack meaning and become really a rote set of words. So your point is so well stated – when we can read material like this, when we are ready to hear it’s message – that is the time to let the words penetrate our soul, not just bounce in unison from our mouths. Beauty shines through from you, always, Wilma…

@Miche – Miche, thanks so much for being here today. This poem is also one of my very favorites, as well, and one that is so good to read after a long time.

@Jodi – Hi Jodi. Glad to bring back an old poem from the past. Really, it was for me, too. And so good to read it after such a long time. I’ll most certainly have a wonderful week! And you too, awesome friend!10:10 PM 12/6/2009

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byebyebigguy December 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm

That was really nice!
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J.D. Meier December 7, 2009 at 3:22 am

I always wonder about some of the roads I didn’t take.

I think when I learned about Synthetic Happiness, it changed my perspective. It’s not sour grapes. It’s genuine happiness with whatever path we choose.

That said, I do try to live without regrets. The best wisdom tells me, we don’t regret the things we did (we’r e human, we make mistakes) … it’s the things we didn’t do that we regret the most.
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..Lessons Learned from Guy Kawasaki =-.

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Jen December 7, 2009 at 6:16 am

love this!!!
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South Beach Steve December 7, 2009 at 6:40 am

This poem always makes me think. Great find on the pic too.
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Diane AZ December 7, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Since we can’t really know what the result would have been on the other path that we didn’t choose, I like the idea of being happy with whatever paths we take, seeing the positives and not regretting anything. We needn’t be afraid to do things differently, but it’s okay to go the traditional route too. As they say, “It’s all good.”
.-= Diane AZ´s Last Fabulous Post ..Ruby Tuesday – Pyracantha =-.

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caroline December 7, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Do you know this is my favorite poem in the whole wide world? It’s my motto for life. Take the road less traveled. What a nice surprise it was too see this and read it again.

Thank you Lance 🙂
.-= caroline´s Last Fabulous Post ..Joy of the unexpected =-.

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Erin December 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm

It does make all the difference! Great reminder for the week. Thanks

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Jannie of Funstering December 7, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Hey! It’ Sunday somewhere, right?

Oh, not on this planet?

Mars then, right?

Pluto?

Planet 52??

When I came to the fork in the road, I stooped down and picked it up. Goes perfectly with the knife and spoon I already have. And the plates Grandma got from the traveling flautist in ’39.

The road less traveled for me would be the road of daily dish-washing. Hey – twice a week is fine, eh???

Doo-doo-dle-doo!!
.-= Jannie of Funstering´s Last Fabulous Post ..Like A bord On A Wire, 13 — Funny Typos =-.

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Jannie Funster December 7, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Now, wait just a darn cotton tooting minute — how can I possibly no longer be Topp Komminter here??

This just will not do. Time to bring my space ship down for a Lance landing!
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..Like A bord On A Wire, 13 — Funny Typos =-.

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Jannie Funster December 7, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Hmmm. this ought do it!!

xo
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Lance December 7, 2009 at 4:29 pm

@byebyebigguy – Thanks much!

@J.D. Meier – That “what if…” game. I know what you mean, I’m sure we have all thought about it at one point or another. I try not to, as I can’t go back and change it. I can look back and use lessons learned to view how I go forward, though. And yes, it is usually the things we don’t do that we are more likely to regret…so here’s to living with our heart, including acting upon the thought and desires that touch us deeply.

@Jen – Thanks much Jen!

@Steve – Reading this poem can be very introspective, taking us into our thoughts and choices that we make. And I think that is a really good thing, so this is very good to hear!

@Diane AZ – I do too…like this idea that we see the positive in the paths that we are on. That is what we have, at the moment, and we can choose to see good in that…or not. Just like any other path we might be on. It’s all good….(so well said, Diane!)

@Caroline – And do you know what else is nice? Having you here! I’m so glad you made it by today, especially – and could re-read your favorite poem. Robert Frost has created such a wonderful piece with this…one that really makes me think a bit deeper.

@Erin – Yes, the path we choose does indeed make all the difference…especially when we choose that path based upon what is coming from our heart… Thanks much for stopping by today Erin.

@Jannie of Funstering – Hey, are you from outer space? Then name (and the eyeball for sure) look so familiar, though! It is sunday somewhere…of course, I wonder if they call it Sunday there, or if it is really tuimuchoedonatn (from that one visit I had to Planet 52, that is about all I remember). So, have you been to many forks in the road? You might have a whole collection then! And your Grandma was quite talented…no wonder you are who you are today! I’ll join you at the kitchen sink next time (probably Thursday, right?) and we’ll start a water fight amongst the dishes. I promise not to break any of Grandma’s plates…

@Jannie Funster – Hey, do you know that other Jannie up above?? And…I didn’t know cotton could toot. So there – that’s my new fact I’ve learned for the day! And Jannie – your spaceship may now safely land. I have a nice little spot out back…we call it PieR2 (it’s circular…and is quite an “area”).

@Jannie Funster – Hmmm….looks like you have successfully landed. Preparing our de-brief room (we last used it when our kids were just babies…) now…

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lisaschaos December 7, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I love the silhouette! Such a pretty sky too!
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Keith December 7, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Hello Lance!!

Ahhhh I love me some Robert Frost! I have a collection of his poetry. Of course, I love the poem you selected here and since reading it years ago, I am reminded of it each time I choose to take the path less traveled. I love what Karl said in his comment. It can be sary taking that path but that’s where all the fun is!! Well said Karl!

Thanks again Lance!! A trip to your blog is always a blessing.
.-= Keith´s Last Fabulous Post ..Risk The Unusual! =-.

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Laura Hegfield December 7, 2009 at 8:55 pm

sometimes we choose the road less taken, sometimes the road chooses us…either way…once we start that journey…there is no turning back, for within the first few steps we have already begun a transformation process…and this, I believe is a blessing.

gentle steps,
laura
.-= Laura Hegfield´s Last Fabulous Post ..Friendship =-.

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Jonny | thelifething.com December 8, 2009 at 4:43 am

Beautiful Poem.

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Angelia Sims December 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

It is hard not to second guess yourself in decisions. But knowing no matter what, you are on the right path is living in the moment, and taking on the world.

Thanks for the wonderful Robert Frost!

Lance, thank you so much for your comment on my Dad. It means the world to me that you took the time.
I know he is cracking jokes in heaven, happy and healed.
Blessings to you!
.-= Angelia Sims´s Last Fabulous Post ..Merry SITSmas! =-.

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Lance December 8, 2009 at 9:17 am

@Lisa – Yes, I love that picture too, and the silhouette. In fact, silhouette’s are something I keep coming back to recently – I just love the look they give.

@Keith – Hi Keith. Yes, I agree with both you and Karl – the road less traveled can be scary, especially at first, not knowing really where it might lead us. That road also, though, is a road into our hearts…and that is a very good place to travel to. And…that IS where the fun is at!

@Laura Hegfield – I too believe that these roads less traveled are a real blessing. They may not always seem that way, but as we carry on, and really embrace them – there is so much good there. Laura, thank you, always, for your beautiful thoughts.

@Jonny – Thanks much Jonny!

@Angelia – Yes…those second guesses. What if… Really, though, it does us no good to think about how a different path may have taken us someplace else. What we have is where we are at…now. We can use the past as part of our thought process going forward, but we can’t go back and relive those past moments. Robert Frost…I think he really understood that. I’m getting there…and I hope I am choosing some of those “less traveled” roads in life. And Angelia, those roads have led to our paths crossing…and that is a blessing. Know that I’m thinking of you at this time of losing your father. Heaven…what a great place to be…

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Hilda December 8, 2009 at 9:49 am

Hi Lance,

This poem is perfect for me and where I’m at in my life right now. Travelling the road less travelled and loving it 🙂
.-= Hilda´s Last Fabulous Post ..Be True to Yourself =-.

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Dr. J December 8, 2009 at 10:00 am

I really love this poem!! I like reading it out loud for the feelings it gives me. It also is a pretty good description of my life, although I have been known to get the machete out and hack a new path 🙂

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Stephanie December 8, 2009 at 10:43 am

Love this poem! Thank you for posting. It’s a great read especially when we truly are striking out and doing something different from those around us.

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Extreme Fitness Blog December 8, 2009 at 3:48 pm

That’s one of those poems that have become quiet companions for me. There’s a small number of them, each thought provoking and quietly beautiful in their own way, and it was a pleasure to read this again without intending to.
.-= Extreme Fitness Blog´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Principles Behind the Squat =-.

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Patricia December 9, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Oh I have this poem on the front flap of my personal journal…
I just adore it…Thank you for sharing it again
and thank you for your participation in the UNICEF fundraiser…it was quite a team effort
.-= Patricia´s Last Fabulous Post ..1,000 Thank Yous =-.

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I TAKE OFF THE MASK December 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Ah, the road less traveled. Somehow we all wanted to take it, somehow we are a bit afraid. But if we don’t venture into new roads, we wouldn’t ever discover new things or experience new joys. The fear comes from not knowing what to expect, but then herein also lies Grace and our happiness 😉 Nice reminder, Lance!
.-= I TAKE OFF THE MASK´s Last Fabulous Post ..Day 18 of Being Jobless =-.

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FatFighterTV December 9, 2009 at 11:39 pm

It is all about the journey, isn’t it? That poem is wonderful

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Lance December 10, 2009 at 3:49 am

@Hilda – Hilda, I know part of this is your move to a new area, and really just listening to your heart. And so, know that it is so good to read this today and know that this road you are on today is the one that speaks deeply to you…

@Dr. J – The road less traveled is a good place to be, and I really believe that this road is one that is very much a personal road for each of us. So…getting that machete out, that’s a good thing too. You are seeing that there’s a possible path to something meaningful…a path that you can only see.

@Stephanie – Thanks much Stephanie. When we are going off into some uncharted direction, this poem really does ring true – and serves as a reminder to listen to the voice within.

@Extreme Fitness Blog – This poem really is a great one to keep as a companion…and read whenever we’re feeling a little anxious in our lives. Thanks much for being here!

@Patricia – This is a great resource to refer to often, and be reminded that what we are doing, that when we are taking these roads less traveled…that there is so much good there. Patricia, I’m so happy for you and your UNICEF project! And know that I’m glad that in some small way I was a part of it. Very awesome!

@Jocelyn – The “road less traveled” can seem daunting. Filled with unknowns. Still, it has so much possibility, especially when that road has a deeper meaning for us. Jocelyn, I know you are traveling these roads, and I’m excited to see where they lead you to.

@FatFighteTV – Yes, that’s it…it’s all about the journey. It’s all about these roads we take along our patsh in life. Know that I am glad that, in this great big world, that our paths have crossed. It is so good to have you here…

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Ching Ya December 11, 2009 at 3:24 am

I love how this poem encourages us to travel a road that may not be familiar by many but full of opportunities and discoveries. That’s how we should treat the way we live, be adventurous and willing to take chances. A fine read and I’m glad I landed here. Nice meeting you, Lance.
.-= Ching Ya´s Last Fabulous Post ..8 Lessons Derived from Vacation to Boost Your Blogging Experience =-.

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Lance December 11, 2009 at 4:20 am

Ching Ya – And very nice to meet you, too, Ching Ya! There will be “roads” along our travels through life that will be not the popular choice. and yet, they may speak loudly to us…these are the “roads” for us to take. Even though they are less traveled, if they speak somehow to use, that is the right way…. Thanks much for the comment today.

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Jon December 11, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Beautiful thought of the day. Thanks for sharing it

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Robin Easton December 11, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Dear Lance, This is one of my most favorite poems ever. Since I do a lot of hiking, every time I come to a fork in the trail I think of this poem. But it has deeper meaning for me because all my life I have taken the road less traveled. I still do. And I’ve never regretted it. It has given me a firsthand experience of life. One that has forged my character and changed my whole world view. I have found great peace on the road less traveled. There is another element to it though which is I actually hunger for the unknown, the unmarked trail. I’ve written several poems about this very topic. I hunger to discover Life for myself as apposed to walking in another’s footsteps or a well worn trail. Thank you for sharing this. You really do pick the best quotes and poems. But then that makes total sense considering who you are. :)) Sending you much love dear friend. So good to connect to you warm heart. Robin
.-= Robin Easton´s Last Fabulous Post ..Become the Journey =-.

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Lance December 12, 2009 at 5:28 am

@Jon – Thanks much Jon!

@Robin – And when I read this poem, I too think of you, and the “roads” through life that you have traveled. Robin, I find so much hope and possibility in the world when I see your smiling face, when I read your journeys, when I connect with all you do. I haven’t personally always traveled that road less traveled, and maybe that’s just part of the journey – in seeing what these roads are – and going forth, in this current moment. That said, when I have chosen to take that fork in the road, and explore some lesser known path, or some unknown path – I too find that it connects my soul, knowing that this is new ground, that I’m traveling not in what someone else has done, but in my own journey. Robin, thank you so much for being here and adding your beautiful insight to this. As I continue my own journey, know that your words hold special meaning for me… Much love and new trails…

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Natalia Burleson December 15, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Hi Lance,
Beautiful thought. I’m not one to take the road less traveled, not usually, but I do notice that as I get older, it appeals to me more! 🙂

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