Thoughts provoked by “Come to a Fork in the Road, Create a New Path”

Tom Farr’s Spade

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.

Thus spake Robert Frost (you can read all of the poem and even listen to the rendering here). There is, after all, a Robert Frost in all of us. When you choose to carve your own path, it takes the consciousness to a new high. It is said that on the day Lord Buddha passed away, Ananda, his disciple asked his Lord, what will happen now that Buddha’s guidance will no longer with them. The Lord replied, “light your own lamp and move on” (“Atmodipo Bhabo”, lit. “be your own lamp”).

I suppose at all times in our lives the lamp needs to be lit to show the way. And then we need Tom Farr’s spade. Carve a new road when you need one.

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