” Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both”
the beautiful, yet challenging words delivered to us by Robert Frost in his early 20th-century poem The Road Not Taken.
Speaking as a college student, this poem hands down has to be one of the most discussed pieces of poetry in all my years of schooling, yet I still come to struggle with the meaning of the poem.
We seldom seem to miss the context of what Frost meant, but I recently discovered a new and different perspective in looking at the piece that I relate to personally.
I placed myself in the work and had to choose between two roads:
The High Road
and the low road.
The road less taken is similar to the High Road because it is the road in which presents more challenges.
The High Road is the less glorious road that leaves emotional scars on its travelers. It makes them weary from the traitorous uphill climb and lonely for many do not take it.
Though it may not be the more charming road, it is ultimately the better road to take, because the act of taking the High Road speaks a lot about one’s character. It shows someone who does the right thing regardless of whether or not it is the popular thing. The traveler does what is right even if no one is watching and most importantly, they stray from lowering themselves and acting like the people on the low road.
The road we choose to take is a choice that we must make for ourselves. It is something that we must decide at times in the heat of the moment because of how others treat us. Someone once said, “the way how others treat you is their karma, how you respond is yours”. Regardless of the actions that others can put on us, it is essential we act in ways that will reflect back on us, whether that is good or bad.
We must make the choice to take the High Road over the low road. We must choose to make good choices that in turn will come back to us.
Former First Lady, Michelle Obama stated, “when they go low, we go high!”.
We must put action behind these words and know that we will carry ourselves higher during the times when others stray low. Your behavior reflects directing on you, so act in ways that goodness will go directly back to you.
“I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Take the High Road because you are strong and resilient. Your actions will eventually show and everyone will know who you truly are.
Take the High Road and encourage others to do the same! And don’t forget to…
Pass the Salt!