Sunday, November 2, 2014

A Poem of Achievement and Happiness

"The Road Not Taken" is a poem by Robert Frost, who was a world famous poet and literary genius. Robert Frost was a literary genius and was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He became one of America's rare "public literary figures, almost an artistic institution." He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetical works.

The Road Not Taken – By Robert Frost
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.

"The Road Not Taken" Analysis:

Reference: "Two roads diverged in the woods, and I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference". 

The roads traveled in life are both physical and in the mind. In your mind and soul, you must decide a path to take which either leads to happiness or sorrow. Perception of physical and mental situations is critical to taking the correct path in life. The easy road free of debris, is not always the best road to take and is usually not in looking at life as a whole. 

Reference: "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'.

In life, there are two different roads that people can choose to take and one can't travel both. At a time in life, one must decide which journey they will follow and the life they wish to lead.  One road demonstrates achievements that lead to meeting life-long success and the other road may lead to a life of instant gratification in meeting short term goals that only satisfy for short periods of time. 

The road less traveled can be compared to a journey leading to living sober or living right by a mental health disorder. The road less traveled maybe for those who seek proper treatment to improve their life and live a life that has a continuation of keeping their goals in alignment. 

For instance, seeking out those difficult conversations that have been bearing down and clouding the mind with doubt and anxiety, will increase your success to personal relationships and free your mind to focus on what really matters in life. 

Make sure you are leading a life down the right path, as both maybe worn. Having a healthy mind is as important as having a healthy body, which will lead to personal achievement. Your personal achievements should be measured by your progress on the road to freedom, not by what materials you have or don't have. Without freedom of the mind and spirit, your life will not be fulfilled with true happiness and serenity. 

Remember: Life is a Journey, Not a Destination

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