Make Up Your Mind

Two Forces are in the human mind each day--the force of evil and that of the good one.

Each of us must make a choice whether we take the good or the evil one for we can only take one.

We cannot take two or be an ally to both. We must make up our minds.   This idea is well illustrated 

by Robert Frost in his poem, The Road Not Taken.  

Each time I am confronted with a difficult choice to make

I always try to recall this poem and it helps me so much to make a wiser decision.

I hope it will do the same to you.

 Thanks to Robert Frost for this piece of art.


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.
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  1. tonycleek

    This poem is one of my favorites. It reminds me that every choice we make will effect the outcome of our life. Whatever are choice is, we have to live with it. Road less travel is the one that is unconventional. Some of us want to go down the safe road where everyone else goes but the less travel is for those who want an adventure. It is not safe and there will be pain on the less travel but the rewards can be amazing.

    June 20, 2013
    1. i-write125

      Mine too. It speaks so much of our day to day practical life. Small acts but quite important. I especially love the way Frost crafted it.

      June 20, 2013
      1. tonycleek

        I find it interesting that the poem’s meaning has changed over the years for me. I tried to do something different everyday or take a chance where I can. Most of Frost’s poems have a special place in my heart because they are simple in form but are very deep and complex in the meaning. I think that is why his poetry can transcend time.

        June 20, 2013
        1. i-write125

          True. So simple yet profound.

          June 21, 2013