When you have a choice…

I was going through some of my past journals (the old fashioned, pen and notebook kind of journal) and saw this poem I copied. I think it is even more relevant now than it was then…

It raises some very interesting questions. I’ve alway suspected that despite the popular maxim that says not to reinvent the wheel, greatness is to be found in the path less traveled.

There’s an ad campaign being run by a popular bank in my country – Bank PHB; one of the captions is:

If it’s never been done, you’re lucky. Go invent it!

So below is the poem. For you poetry lovers, it is without doubt a beautiful poem. If you are not really into poetry, just be patient as still read it. You’ll find the message a worthy one – if you were in his shoes, which path would you have taken?

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 unto 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 travelled by,

And that has made all the difference.

~ Robert Frost (1916).


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