The Road Less Traveled
The phrase "the road less traveled" comes from a poem by Robert Frost entitled, The Road Not Taken. Have you read it in it's entirety? No? Here, it is...
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.
Over nearly thirty years of marriage, Todd and I have oft stood looking down the paths of life to the bend that blocked our view of what lay ahead. And repeatedly we have chosen the one that wanted wear.
We started on these less trodden paths allowing children to fill our home, choosing natural childbirth, homeschool, and self-employment. With ten children in tow life was busy and minimalism whispered wisdom in our ears as we fought to simplify a home that was overflowing with clothing, books, toys, and things considered necessities of life in a modern family.
We downsized and took our kids on the road, choosing to remodel an existing trailer and purchase a used vehicle so we could remain debt free while touring this beautiful country. Once again onto a path no step had trodden black... we turned our back on the security of careers and guaranteed incomes and chose to serve, teach, and share what we knew with others.
Each time Todd and I look down a path and contemplate the bend ahead we recognize, as Robert wrote, that way leads on to way, and we won't be back to this spot again. We have never regretted the paths we've trod. While we may walk on lonely byways we've always kept each other company. But what of the difference Frost promises?
Watching my adult children start families of their own I testify that he speaks the truth! Was it always easy? No, but working alongside our children to build a home, a business, and a legacy taught them skills most don't even know they are missing these days. To pray together and witness as the Lord provided again and again. These lessons will last generations. Our kids know how to dream, learn, and reach for greatness. They know that with effort and belief they can accomplish anything.
Lately, the tides are turning, and more are venturing to path's we've tread. We offer our experiences and knowledge to all who follow and hope that our example sheds a little light around the bend ahead.