Two roads diverged in a wood and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. ~Robert Frost
Heidi passed this post to me, but I’m not sure what question I’m supposed to answer? If the question is Did we chose a road less traveled by? Well, judging from the double takes when folks see a woman driving a Motorhome, towing a Jeep, the answer must be Yes. This is pretty funny since driving a Class A is so easy. If you want a driving challenge, drive carpool in a mini-van.
If the question is Why? then the answer is I have absolutely no idea. I’ve always thought of myself as blandly conventional, so I’m possibly the most surprised by a less traveled path.
I think my best answer to either question comes from one of my favorite philosophers, Elwood P Dowd.
My very favorite movie is Harvey.
I love Jimmy Stewart who plays Elwood P Dowd.
I love his best friend, a 6 foot 3 1/2 inch Pooka named Harvey.
And I love his life philosophies:
Well, I’ve wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I’m happy to state I finally won out over it.
Years ago, my mother used to say to me, she’d say “In this world, Elwood, you can be oh so so smart, or oh so pleasant.” Well, for years I was smart… I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.
And I do, often. I recommend pleasant.
As Heidi pointed out yesterday, the forgotten portion of the poem is: though as for that, the passing there had worn them really about the same.
I especially like that part. We may have more in common than you think: me here in Texas, writing at 2 in the morning, in an RV, guarding a gate at an oil rig; and you, wherever you are, reading this right now.
At heart, most of us are just looking for ways to love and live and celebrate the joys of the every day. We do it in different places and in different ways, but the path of tenderness and compassion and treating others with kind regard wears well, wherever, whatever your journey.
I always have a wonderful time, wherever I am, whomever I’m with. ~Elwood P. Dowd.