It is the Holy Lent Season – A perfect time for personal reflection and fasting. The other morning during my meditation time and journal writing, I noticed I could not “shake loose” the thought – “each day, I have choices that impact my life and the lives of others.” The choices we make in life have both negative and positive consequences that shape our lives.
As leaders, each day, you face choices. Am I making the right decision? Am I doing the right thing, or was it just easy? Do I have the courage to take the risk of an unchartered strategy? This reminded me of Robert Frost’s poem, 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.
Trust your judgment to make a difference in your life and the lives of others.