15 September, 2006

Two Roads

I can be flexible about things. That doesn't come easily for me, but I can. I can try new things*, experience new places and adopt new techniques; I am always happy with myself when I do that. That doesn't mean I am pleased with every result, but my joy comes from being open-minded enough to head in a different direction. Yes, I can walk down the path less taken. I did that yesterday. I have been working on a quilt, a special birthday gift for my mother-in-law. (Shhh... Super Secret!) I had an idea for an all-over quilting pattern that I knew would look incredible but I was drawn to do something simpler, easier, quicker. I almost crumbled. The old adage... "if you always do what you've always done..." echoed in my own head. I decided to go for the incredible. It's looking just as good as my mind's eye had seen it, too! I'm happy to say I took the alternate route.
If I hadn't, I never would have known... it will make all the difference!

*(The one exception: I never order anything but the Greek Salad when we eat at The Brick Oven in Clemmons, it's the BEST... really, why tempt fate?)


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.

Robert Frost knew it in 1915. I know it today.

Life is Good!


Jim V said...

I wonder how often that little voice in your head that says, "What if I did this instead..." is God talking to you? We don't hear about many burning bushes these days, I think God has become more subtle.

Also, a point of clarification. Being a daddy to the owner of one of Mrs. G's quilts, I can tell you that when she says it looks nice, that translates into "This would blow the mind of any mortal."

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

You are being kind. I absolutely believe that veering off the beaten path is God nudging me. As I mentioned yesterday in my "Recharging" post... I only think I'm in control! I know who is, and what's better than that?