Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
This is a classic metaphor for life. Frost is expressing how a unique life is a meaningful, poetic journey. Yet, Frost doesn’t say that he chose his path based on its intrinsic value, but based on being a contrarian. Even though his path isn’t what everyone else was doing, his path was still a reaction to what everyone else was doing. His greatness wasn’t in his ability to discern what the proper path was, but in his ability to keep to the path he chose and excel in it.
But perhaps we might hold a different compass–one that is only based on our internal convictions–not the world of others around us. When we reach a “fork in the road” we can choose a direction which will lead us to a life that most closely reflects our highest aspirations.
It’s one thing to take a path because everyone is taking it.
It is another thing to take a path because it is unique.
But it is a third thing to take a path because it is right.
And that makes all the difference.
September 18, 2017