Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken has always been a personal favorite. The older I get, the more I pause to take stock of my life, an assessment of where I am as compared to where I had thought (or hoped) I might be.
I had the extreme good fortune to listen to Jacquelyn Mitchard speak at a writer's event in London, Ontario, a couple of years ago. It was a fundraiser for Wellspring London and Region, a cancer support centre and the event, called "Writers for Wellspring", brought a panel of famous authors together who graciously answered questions over a lovely Sunday brunch. Jacqueline gave a poignant and moving key note address and later, when asked what inspires her to write she said, "I don't ask the question that many writer's do, "what if", instead I ask myself, "what next?"
Frost's poem brings to mind the 'what if', but much like Ms. Mitchard, I now find myself wondering, 'what next?' It is only fitting that such thoughts are even more prevalent at the beginning of a New Year (and also around the time of my birthday). Either way, Frost's words serve as a reminder for me that life is about decisions, so many of which are irrevocable, but at the end of the day, there is always the potential for something more - and even though my feet may not tread along the same road again, something lies just beyond the next corner and the potential of that something is limited only by my willingness to embrace it.
Causes Lynn M Davis Supports
Free the Children, Foundation for Small Voices, Wellspring Cancer Support Centre, London and Region