2017 - "TWO ROADS DIVERGED AND I – I TOOK THE ONE LESS TRAVELED, AND THAT HAS MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.”
Robert Frost penned his famous poem,
The Road Not Taken, in 1916, a period marked by the turmoil of World War I and his own passage into middle age. While there
are many critical interpretations of the poem, it is fair to say that Frost himself chose, after years spent dabbling in factory
work and farming, to take the road less traveled – a life spent dedicated to teaching and writing great poetry.
Though the road may be unmarked, the
rewards of the journey are often immeasurable.
There is something inherently courageous and liberating about listening to our inner voice, carving
out our own path, and committing to one’s passion – immune to conventional wisdom and the judgments of others.
We all know it’s easy to follow the well-trodden path – what’s difficult is to travel uncharted territory,
to have the courage of our convictions and to stay the course. Over the last few years, I’ve made a conscious decision
to go my own way – to trust my instincts and follow my muses, wherever they might lead me. That philosophy has allowed
me to think unconventionally, to react nimbly, and to partner creatively.
So, as we embark on a new year, and reflect on the choices we’ve made
and those yet to come, let’s all take a page from Robert Frost’s book of verse. Trust our instincts. Lead rather
than follow. Be just a bit fearless. And when given a choice, take the road less traveled. For me, it has
made all the difference.