The Road Less Traveled – A Lesson on What Makes a Difference

Two paths in the woods copy

Two roads diverged in the wood, and I – I took the road less traveled by and that made all the difference.



Artistic video of Frost’s Poem  by QuestionVerum2010  Beautifully read, stunning pictures

Woodland Path copyTwo 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, just as fair, Alternate Path copy

Do you think about the paths you have traveled in your life, the choices you have made?  About how you got to where you are?

I do. A lot….even more lately.

Unlike many Americans, my path has never been designed or chosen to take me to success, or power, or money, though I have had some version of all of them proportionate to being a social worker, anyway.  Walking alongside my minister husband, our compass set on meaning, our way has been guided toward fulfilling a purpose for life.

kaboompics.com_Forest roadSo, my road has led me in interesting directions, branches that I hope not only made a difference in my life but, also, in the lives of those with whom I walked:  young children, teens, the homeless, mentally ill women, the battered, the abused, juvenile offenders, foster children, families in trouble, dropouts.

Everyday we trade away a piece of our lives though most often we are so busy we don’t think about that. We only tend to think about it when we get to those places where suddenly the path diverges and we have to make a change, a path correction, a choice for our next direction. Then we pause to ask, Where do I want to go? What is important to me? What am I willing to trade for this path?

Autumn Maple Tree copySometimes, in the autumn of our lives, we even question if it’s time to go back to a path we contemplated but did not choose in the spring. We question if we have any regrets we could eliminate by our next path. Or, if not as strong as regret, we can contemplate taking an adventure we always wished we had taken. “Can I can do it now? At Last?”

Golden Maple Leaf copyI have been so lucky….so blessed. I have lived a life rich in fulfillment. Now, laid off, I need to look for a new way forward.  My choice of path is influenced by all the choices that I have made before. So, though I am not sure at this moment where I will go, I know the right choice lies just ahead.

Some may say that this is true because of who I am.  Don McLean put it this way, “There’s no need for turning back. All roads lead to where I stand. And I believe I’ll walk them all, No matter what I may have planned.”  Fate. The universe. Our future in the stars of a starry night.

Stream with leaves copyPut into my belief system, I believe God has the plan. Sometimes, roadblocks get in His way, but if I am faithful, He’ll open new doors for me that will make all the difference.

So, no matter what your belief system, or where you are on the road, my wish for you is that you find your calling, enjoy your path, and trust the journey.




About joanneeddy

Writer living in North Carolina. Originally from upstate New York. I love my family, my community, and my friends, and embrace 'living deliberately' in the world, trying to make a difference. I have written an as yet unpublished book, The Call, an epic fantasy with historical fiction and folklore elements. My blog is for other writers, for those who love a good read, and for all who, like me, are looking to find and live their call.
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9 Responses to The Road Less Traveled – A Lesson on What Makes a Difference

  1. Allene Renz says:

    Nice, Jo. You have such a wonderful Way with words. Thank you.

    Allene Renz Sent from my iPhone



  2. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. You are a very powerful writer and I look forward to hearing more from you.


  3. Bernadette says:

    I am so happy that you posted this at the Salon. Your thoughts on the autumn of life resonate with me. It is time to take that fork in the road and use yourself up living and creating.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Lovely post. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. The first picture on this page is really pretty. I’m writing a book and I was wondering if you would give me permission to use it on the cover. I’m Jenny Jae Cory on Facebook, thank you.


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