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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Choices in a yellow wood, "two roads"--watercolor

Choices in a yellow wood." watercolor, 5.5 by 7.5, 300 lb. d'Arches. Black for emphasis
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood ...
"I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference." 
           --Frost
Choices. Every day we make them, and each one makes a difference, some we never anticipate in our obsession with being in control and doing the "right" thing.
Our culture and Western civilization and heritage emphasize making the "right" choices--in other words taking the roads most traveled, the rational, the sensible, the proven, the safe, the dull.
We believe we are in "golden" woods, where the future is bright, if we make the right choices.
But. I wonder why I prefer the back roads to the Interstates, like the 17 miles of dirt and gravel state highway in New Mexico?
I worry about my students always trying to do what others do, taking the most traveled roads. I more and more admire and respect my students and those who essentially say, "To Hell with it," I'm going my own way." Bravo!
Is this not what Jesus taught? 
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."
Risk. The unexpected. Individuality. Failure. Success. Excitement. Adventure. Passion. Love. Living in Freedom.
As a type AAA personality, I find myself more and more envying the freedom of those who take the back roads, the less traveled. I'm trying. And I know of fellow travelers, balancing the broad way with the road less traveled.
Day 25 WorldWatercolorMonth challenge.
Palette--yellow wood, and the unexpected of the less traveled..





1 comment:

  1. I took the road less traveled and that made all the difference.

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