Could You Take the Path Less Traveled?

by Frank

The Path Less Traveled

Photo by Thomas Pate

Sometimes in this maze we call life it is so difficult to determine what path we should take. Each and every road that we travel on is leading us to a different destination. One can take you to the cheese another can lead you to the trap. So, how in the world are you to determine which one to take?

The Peace

Imagine there being a fork in your road of life. The path to the right is full of light, life, and perfect weather. The sun is gracefully kissing the ground before you and every step you take seems to be illuminated by the reflection from the stone path. The aroma of sweet and colorful flowers massages your nostrils relaxing you with every breath you inhale. It looks and feels like you would be walking through paradise.

The Storm

The path to the left is dark, filled with dead trees, and there is a thunderstorm ravaging the terrain. There is just a trail of grey sand to guide you through the rotting vegetation. Each and every breath you inhale brings you closer to vomiting as the retched scent of mold and decay ravage your nasal cavities. Thunder drowns out the sounds of falling limbs from dying trees. There is no sign of life but you standing tall in chaos.

Which path would you take?

A simple question deserves a simple answer, right? Not quite.

The Issue

As a member of the human race I will go ahead and say that 99% of us want to take the easy way out. If I had a choice I would choose to take the illuminated path with the roses and sunshine. Who in their right mind would walk down a path of challenge and despair?

Why do we prefer to avoid the path less traveled?

I know exactly why. Do you want me to tell you?

We want the roses of life without having to deal with the dirt and more importantly the fertilizer. In other words we want to see, smell, and experience the beauty of life but avoid the crap.

Now in this particular scenario the choice is easy but in our real day to day lives we don’t get a choice. We close our eyes and wake up in chaos.

THE SPARK

I have a crazy thought that I want to share with you. I spent my whole life trying to focus on which path to choose. I can honestly say that I wasted a lot of time. It doesn’t matter what path you take. What matters is how your presence affects that path.

Here are some great steps I have used in my own life to take the path less traveled to a whole new level.

  • Recognize where you are.
  • Imagine where you want to be.
  • Change your surroundings; don’t let your surroundings change you.
  • Start walking through down your path with purpose.
  • Start planting and use a lot of fertilizer 🙂 (encouragement, joy, peace, love)
  • Watch the decay around you change into blossoms of life.

The way to make the most out of whatever path you are on, is to change a decaying situation you are struggling with, to a situation that you bring life to. You have the power to change your situation. You have the strength to bring joy and happiness to others. Every step you take down your path should leave behind signs of life.

Paradise should follow you.

What do you think? Is taking the path less traveled worth the work?