The Road Less Travelled

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.

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.

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