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 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.
Better fight for it! Because once it’s gone, it’s gone…
Though no thinking, feeling, human being wants war and its innumerable abuses, it seems humankind hasn’t evolved to that state of consciousness yet.
Thank You Vets, in the US and around the World for your service in protecting our freedom.
Happy Veterans’ Day !
Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions….
Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn’t. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.
from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Casteneda