“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost
Poet Robert Frost contemplated the complexity, and yet, the simplicity, of life in the profound quote above. No matter what happens, he surmised, we continue moving through life.
I see a parallel between this quote and my favorite poem by Frost, “The Road Not Taken.” Here, Frost expresses his thoughts on decision-making. I’m especially fond of the ending:
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.
Coming to a fork in the road where we know we must decide on which path to take can be stressful. We realize that both choices will come with benefits and loss. And there is rarely opportunity to know exactly what those benefits and losses may be or how they may affect us. We do not typically have the benefit of foresight.
Life has hiccups. It will never be a smooth ride. We only can make a decision based on what we know at the time, what our heart tells us, and our gut feeling. As they say, we have to keep putting one foot in front of another and just keep moving.