‘Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.’

Robert Frost* Full poem below.

Not only is there more than one path to follow in life, there are as many as there are people.

The key to happiness is to find your road and to walk it with confidence. This confidence is extra crucial when you just started walking it, as the first steps are always the hardest.

A new road, or one less travelled by (which is often the case when it is truly your own road) may have some weeds, wild growth and fallen tree logs on it simply because now one has been there yet.

These obstacles can take form as your own doubts, comments from others or insecurity on where the chosen way will lead you.

Know that encountering them does not mean you picked the wrong one, you simply have to create a path. This will also give you the strength to see your road through to the end.

Discovering your road

We’ve walked on other paths before and we know where they’ll lead. It is not home and not what we’re here for. It is only our own path that we can truly walk with confidence and meaning. And our first order of business is to decide what that is.

Three questions

HeartRoads poses three ways of investigating this, based on the Manpower-model (In no particular order);

  • What are you willing to fight for?
  • What brings together various aspects of your personality and story? (the things that have happened to you, what you’re good at and what energizes you)
  • Who are you when you fully accept yourself?

The right road for you may consist of any of the answers to the questions above, but your purpose is usually a combination of the three.

Are you ready to walk your own path?

Tobias

See the manpower model for more information on finding inner balance and your purpose in life.

*

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

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