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The Road Less Traveled

by Kit McCallum

How often we must bear the challenges of life;
The endless roller coaster between happiness and sorrow;
The constant ups and downs of daily strife.
And always the question remains …. why?

Life is not an easy road for most;
It twists and turns with many forks in the road,
Although always, and inevitably, we are given a choice …

Do we turn to the right … or the left?
Do we take the high road … or the low road?
Do we take the easy path … or the difficult one?

Decisions are not easy for those struggling for direction …
And sometimes the many choices and signs become overwhelming.

While standing at a crossroads in life,
The urge is to take the most comfortable path;
The road with least resistance …
The shortest or most traveled route.

And yet, if we’ve been down that comfortable road before;
Have gleaned its lessons in life, and learned from our experiences;

Do we yet again follow the known?
Or does our destiny lie in another direction?

The fear of the road less traveled is tangible and all too real;
It manifests itself in many ways,
And tends to cloud the issues that might otherwise be clear.

It is in these times of confusion,
That we must seek peace and solitude;

Time to contemplate on our life,
Our experiences and our choices past;
Time to look back, and reflect on what we have learned
Without fear or confusion.

For only each of us knows our own personal thoughts;
Our unique past and personal history;
The experiences that brought us to the crossroads we now face.

We can always learn a small degree from others experiences,
And yet … no one person can walk in our shoes,
Others know not, the trials and tribulations faced in private …

For each is individual … unique … and personal.

And that is why … while standing at a crossroads,
Only “we” can formulate the decision for ourselves;
The true direction that lies within;
The choices we must deliberate on with clarity and wisdom.

For it is only through personal reflection,
That we can now choose our destiny;
… Our next adventure;
… And the future we will embrace.

Please visit Ailsa’s, Where’s my backpack? for more images of her Travel Theme: Roads challenge at link above.



18 Responses to “TRAVEL THEME: ROADS”

  1. Lots of lessons along the road huh? 🙂

  2. Lots of lessons along the road huh? 🙂

  3. Francine, I like your choice of poem. Your pictures show that drive perfectly.

  4. That’s quite a drive in such majestic scenery 🙂

  5. I find driving through mountains to be such great experiences. Your photos captured it well, Francine.

  6. That looks a fabulous drive, Francine! And your choice of poem so apt. This post is another great interpretation of life and its challenges.

  7. That is a beautiful beautiful place. 🙂 Nice poem.

  8. I felt as if I were traveling with you Francine. Thanks for sharing and thanks for your good words on my blog, too.

  9. I did the trip from Phoenix to Sedona and the Grand Canyon a few years ago. It was spectacular!

    The road less traveled may be less certain but the adventure is far more rewarding!

    Great post Francine 🙂

  10. Great shots and perfect entry.

  11. Hi Francine; Thanks for the great pictutes.. Reminds me of when i was a truck driver… Blessings sister.. Bro Pat 🙂

  12. […] Travel Theme: Roads ( […]

  13. A beautiful post paired with an amazing poem!

  14. Love your roads, Francine. 😃

  15. “For it is only through personal reflection,
    That we can now choose our destiny;
    … Our next adventure;
    … And the future we will embrace.” Beautiful words and images. The road sometimes though looks easy is hard with challenging rocky patches but with faith and hope, we reach our dream destination.

  16. just majestic!

  17. Great photos in my eyes.

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