The Road Not Taken

2016 is a very important centenary.

It was one hundred years ago that ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost was published.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

I love that poem but it’s not advice to live by.

We were taught this poem in school like it was a major lesson.

Life isn’t like that.

Major turning points in your life don’t come about because you’ve sat down and weighed up the pros and cons of a particular choice.

How much simpler things would be if that were the case.

We make important decisions through actions.

It’s called ‘Walking the walk’.

If you really want something you put in the effort required to get it.

If you’re not that bothered then you might pretend to be into it but not really give it your all. Then it conveniently falls apart.

This doesn’t just apply to work, it also applies to love and other relationships.

Sometimes it takes people a while to realise that they’re making decisions by being apathetic. They don’t go for something and then feign surprise when it’s no longer an option three months later.

Spotting what to prioritise is something that’s in us all.

Some of us are aware of it, some aren’t.

That’s why people talk so much about following your heart or putting your heart into something.

If you give something all you’ve got then you can’t go wrong.

I once overheard a wise person say that how you spend your time and allocate your resources is the biggest decision you can make.

I can’t for the life of me remember who said it but I thank her every day.