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
Aware living is full of surprises on any given day. Indeed, one never knows what will happen 🙂 There’s plenty of the new in the old ‘roads’ that present themselves and one is moved almost intuitively to flow without a plan, without knowing, and without needing to know. Hence the posting here of some old favorite spiritual inspirations I stumbled upon this morning. Perhaps they’ll serve as a fine trail head entry to the quiet beauty of self in solitude, in wintering, and you too may enjoy our common self.
These ‘surprises’ are about an early, essentially ‘non-daul’ form of teaching called Transcendentalism that has two famous American promulgators: Ralph Waldo Emerson who was a friend and ‘teacher’ of Henry David Thoreau, who is quoted here from his book Walden; both are referenced in the link. Poke around, sip and savor, enjoy perhaps…who knows? 🙂
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ And here’s a new revelation that just surprisingly appeared! What does this video tell us about intelligence, energy and beauty? Make’s you wonder, yes 🙂