Inspired by the Robert Frost poem, The road not Taken, or sometimes called The Road Less Travelled, we run a therapy group for sufferers of eating disorders/disordered eating at SEED Eating Disorders Services (see SEED website as on welcome page for application to this). In addition, in my private work in therapy and coaching for all life issues, I use the principles in this poem throughout. This includes choice, direction, choosing which road, what will truly make a difference to you, whether you are willing to take ‘the road less travelled by’, as this will make the difference in your life and on your death bed when you reflect on your life. I sometimes joke that my coaching should be called Death coaching not Life coaching and I often start people’s coaching with a gravestone image, asking the person to write things on it, what they want it to say when they are gone, or in respect to a coaching goal, something they want to die in them, let go of, in order to move forward. I sometimes use the gravestone image in therapy too. The one thing that is certain in life is that we will die. In regards to this, how we live matters.
Here’s the poem by Robert Frost. Loved by me since my adolescence and having been an inspiration to me all these years since I first encountered it in high school English class.