The beginning of a new year is a good moment to reflect on the significance of decisions you have made and need to make this year, to think about what direction you want your life to take and consider what you really want to live for.
This picture was inspired by Robert Frost's poem, 'The Road Not Taken' (see below) which deals with our attitudes to how we make decisions and the effect that they can have on us. Frost himself warns the reader that there is more to the poem than meets the eye: "You have to be careful of that one; it's a tricky poem --- very tricky."
So, as you look at the picture and read the poem, consider the path you will take.
|© Daniel Rollins, 2012|
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, 1916