My quadruple bypass surgery was March 22, 1011. Needless to say, this was and is an important day in my life. A marker of sorts… “Ian say goodbye to Ian” type of a day. Long story short… I did not have any control of the events that lead me to that operating table because I did not recognize my ability to change them.
I hope Robert Frost would enjoy this interpretation of his poem.
“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…” We have very deep emotions regarding the future. We have hopes and dreams, and those tend to be hard to see, sometimes hidden behind the “undergrowth”. We hang on to the person we are because it is all we know at that time. So we are torn, between living in the past or letting go and embracing change. We naturally fear change as it upsets years and years worth experiences.
“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…” Letting go and creating change can be hard because the past is based on actual events that have occurred to you. It is all your memories, it is your basis for every decision you make and when faced with making a big change, the past can start to look pretty good.
“And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I marked the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way I doubted if I should ever come back.” Once the decision is made to do something different, you might console yourself. If it does not work out you can always revert back and pick up on the path you left off. The reality is once you initiate change it is unlikely you will ever come back to that original path.
“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”. As with most big decisions and life altering changes, the analysis can only really be done with the passage of time. It is a remarkable ability to review our past; an ability that is solely human and defines how we accept the future. The power in this last line of the poem rests in our ability to self diagnose, make a change, and to revel in that decision years later.
Our lives will consist of hundreds and thousands of paths and forks in the road. Each one requiring a personal compass to determine direction. We have the ability to pick a general direction in which we choose to travel, we also have the ability to input the compass points. Sometimes you have to travel south to move north but you never lose the direction you choose.
My path now is to reverse the my heart disease. I could have continued down the path that brought me to March 22, 2011 or choose another path based on new compass coordinates; a new outcome.
Life is all about having the power to control your inputs. WIthout them you are directionless. You will end up following a path that is not your own.
If you are currently faced with a situation you deem is dangerous, or deep down you realize will end poorly; you have to make an effort to change it. Pick a new direction and move enthusiastically towards your new destination.
Our Power is derived from our ability to intiiate change. You want to control the future, pick a path that will take you there.