This compelling question came out of a conversation I was a part of this week. I’ll be honest, the path of least resistance can feel safe, and easy, and familiar – that’s what makes it hard to redirect myself onto a different path. But as I’m stepping out to follow this new direction, I see there is something here that is not so clear on the well-worn path – vitality!
Not long ago, my husband and I traveled to San Francisco. The first day there, we set out from our hotel with no plan or agenda and simply walked. Through neighborhoods and parks we meandered. All told, we walked 8 miles that day and had the most wonderful time. What it awakened in us was the delight in discovery, the intrigue of exploring new places, and the pace a conversation takes when we give it room to unfold. I felt alive that day.
Imagine what kind of curiosity and engagement could awaken in your family if you were to choose a different path.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
— Robert Frost