Vol. 1 Ch. 2 P. 23

branches, trees, bare trees, dead trees, fallen leaves, coron

For every path we took, there is a whole universe of paths we did not.

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30 thoughts on “Vol. 1 Ch. 2 P. 23

  1. This is something I have always pondered on — the “what ifs” in my life.
    But somehow, I’m learning little by little to embrace the paths I took and not linger in a simulation of the paths I didn’t take.

    This is a really really good entry! Thank you so much for sharing this.

  2. I saw this one the other day and didn’t get a chance to comment. The photo with the caption made me stop in my tracks. So well said/done. I thought it was fantastic.

  3. There’s something about this picture and caption that really gets to me…I guess I’m still finding my way. Just makes me think.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. As masters of our destinies, we choose the paths we want to travel. Along the way, we learn things. Regrets are what clouds our vision but sometimes, regret can be used as a tool for us to move on and strive hard to atone for our mistakes. Great work!

      • I don’t think we can claim to be the masters of our destinies unless we see the destinations the paths lead to and choose in an understanding way. Since we don’t see the end, we are just children lost in the woods and sometimes we just can’t see whether the path we choose is going a direction we would want to go if we could see. I know there are many paths I now regret choosing and would not have chosen knowing what I know now. On the other hand, rickyboi78 is right: regrets cloud our vision. Who knows 20 years from now if the regret I have will become gratitude that I took what seemed right at the time and then seemed so wrong and then seemed fortunate again. The truth is that we are lost and we need help. And I think help is there if we trust it.

        • Who knows 20 years from now if the regret I have will become gratitude that I took what seemed right at the time and then seemed so wrong and then seemed fortunate again.

          This is lovely. Yes, I do believe that sometimes, wrong decisions are blessings in disguise.

  5. The paths I took, joyful and painful, have brought me to where I am today.

    Thinking about paths not taken gets me stuck in negativity!

    Love the picture too.

    Sorry to have missed some of your posts due to illness but I will be looking at them!

    Christine

  6. Thanks for my lovely visit this afternoon – it’s always such a treat to take some time out to look at your photos and read your accompanying words. I like the way you avoided an ‘expected’ photo here, perhaps of a path/road etc, and chose instead these wonderfully intertwined trees (or single tree?) – still suggestive of Frost’s wood, of course.

  7. Yes, Frost began the metaphor and you have continued, like Newton who saw farther because he stood on the shoulders of giants. I appreciate this very much. Have you heard of fractals? This reminds of that idea.

    • I’ve heard of fractals in a musty classroom during an afternoon math class years ago … 🙂 But yes, fractal geometry can be very interesting. Thanks for bringing it up, Carroll. This put me in a bit of a nostalgic mood. 🙂

  8. There is something about this picture and your words which which connect me initially to Robert Frost’s poem ‘The Road less Travelled’ and then expand the thought process to its logical conclusion.

    I can lose myself, if I am not careful, in ponderings about paths not taken.

    David

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