This Week's View

by Deanna Lee Birkholm

November 24th, 2008

The Road Less Traveled

The Road Not Taken
Two 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, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
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.
~ Robert Frost

Thanksgiving and the approaching holiday season should be more than a time of eating too much, over imbibing and worrying if there will be enough money to buy everything expected by family, friends and children. For many it's the season to max out the credit cards and then try and wipe the debt they've incurred out of their minds. The "Thanks" in Thanksgiving and the "Christ" in Christmas are lost in the shuffle.

In a Christian home Thanksgiving and Christmas are a time of true thanks, and reflection. New Year's is a day of joy for celebrating making it to the new year, and time to take inventory of who we are, where we've been and more importantly, where we are going. Unfortunately football is more important in many households.

Do you make New Year's resolutions? Maybe instead of resolutions there should be a list of goals we want to achieve. Hurdles we want to overcome. Lessons to be learned. Things to do and places to see.

Some years ago a friend who was a very successful attorney asked how we were doing. I replied we were struggling. With a thoughtful look, he explained his dad had died, his mom was not able to live on her own. He had added a small apartment to his home for her. He had two kids in college, and oh yes, there were the hospital bills for dads's illness. Then, "Deanna, we're all struggling, the difference is just the number of zeros at the end."

We all have problems - but somehow, those of us who have chosen the road less traveled, to spend a part of our lives as fly fishers, have done so by choice. No one is ever forced to live as a fly fisher - and trust me, it does become a way of life. Having made that choice greatly influences how you handle your problems, and the approach you take to prioritize your life. How you live your life.

What really is important? It can't be the final destination, because for all of us, the 'final' destination is death. For me, in life and in fly fishing, it is the journey.

On the road less traveled. ~ LadyFisher

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