Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Cross Roads

Remember the diverging roads that Robert Frost spoke of in his poem, The Road Not Taken? Do you ever wonder what your life would be like if you had chosen a different path? I truly feel that I have chosen the right road with the help of God and those who have guided me..."And that has made all the difference."

Click Cross Roads for Robert Frost poem

13 comments:

Groove said...

Great post!

I do wonder that all the time. Even though I am happy with my accomplishments. I am not married and have no children. I sometimes wonder if I had taken a different path would I have children, and would I be happier...

You got me thinking...

Stephen Bess said...

Hello Soft Spoken one. I feel the same way. I can remember thinking that I would be married with children by the time I was 31. Here I am 7 years later...chillin'. I believe that the creator has a master plan and I won't question what that plan is...even if it doesn't include a bouncing ball of stress. :) I'm kidding. I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens in the next chapter. Thanks.

baysuite said...

Yep, that's a great poem, Stephen (I don't think the link to the poem is working though...check it out). There's an older movie with Gwyneth Paltrow about just such a thing. It's called Sliding Doors, and does a pretty good job of showing how Gwyneth's character's life would have unfolded had she taken two separate life routes. I think the problem is that we think we would be happier "if only". We rarely think (so it seems to me) that we are the happiest we could ever be just the way we are. Would you be happier married? Would I be happier with a child? Maybe...but I don't think 'happier' should necessarily be our pusuit. You are right: God has a divine purpose and plan for your life. Watching it unfold is sometimes a mystery, but we are in good hands. :)
Peace,
Bay

Stephen Bess said...

Good morning, Bay-
Great Point! I think that we do tend to think that things would be better if we'd taken another road. "What if" has been one of the most frequently asked questions in my life. However, I've matured in age and spirituality and now realize that my path has been just what God intended. It has shaped me into the man that I am.

Bougie Black Boy said...

Great post. Makes me think.

If I were a female, I'd be barefoot and pregnant if I chose another path. . .

baysuite said...

Stephen J.,
I AM a female, and would be barefoot and pregnant if my life had been different! But there is purpose even in the things we suffer. Besides, don't we always want what it seems we can't have?

Bay

Stephen Bess said...

Stephen,
Does this scenario include a man name Jed? "Black gold...Texas tea" Haa ha! :) I'm sorry, but that's the first thing that came to mind.

Sumeeta said...

I always wonder about the untraveled paths in my life. If I had taken the risk, which is the key element here, would I be happier? I sometimes tend to think so, but then perhaps there are reasons why my life has turned out the way it has.

Unconquerable Soul said...

I have often wondered about what would happen if I walked down a different path. Like you, I thank God for his guidance to steering me into the right direction.

Stephen Bess said...

Sumeeta-
Yes, that is what makes us so unique. It's only a struggle to be like someone else. It's so easy to be me and it's all because of my life and the things that I've experienced.

Unconquerable Soul-
Yes, it is that exact faith that has sustained me. Thanks for stopping in.

This has become a lesson in Ontology. Thank you all. :)

Bougie Black Boy said...

Baysuite,
I agree with you. But that's ultimately my goal, is to have children and stay at home. :)

Georgiapeach said...

That is one of my favorite poems that was taught during my highschool years. This is a great post because you do not often see many men reciting or mentioning Frost's work.

Stephen Bess said...

Thank you Peach. I am a lover of poetry and words in general. I love Robert Frost. I own a book of his poetry with these great illustrations. I first learned of Frost and other great writers in college at Savannah State College (Class of '94-English Major). Thanks for stopping by.

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