On a Different Path

A few weeks ago I saw a post from one of my blogger friends about creating a vision board for the rest of 2020. It sparked thoughts from my own life, and I wondered if I should do the same. I’m pretty sure most of us could say the first six months of 2020 have been rough with everything that has happened. Then, a few days later, I took this picture. It reminded me of Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken.” And, I thought maybe God might be using this time to put me on a different path. So, I thought I would talk about the vision board I made today and what went into the various parts.

Now, to clarify what I mean, I should probably share a definition of the term. “A dream board or vision board is a collage of images, pictures, and affirmations of one’s dreams and desires, designed to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation, and to use the law of attraction to attain goals.” (source-Wikipedia) Pretty detailed, right? I did one for 2018 and 2019, but doing one for this year totally slipped my mind in December. I’m thinking now though it was good it did otherwise I wouldn’t have anything to write about now. šŸ™‚

So, as we all know, lives have been turned upside down over the last four months. I have written and am continuing to write, but it’s been hard. There’s been a lot of noise that has interrupted my focus and concentration. When the end of June rolled around, I realized I needed to re-focus on what I wanted to do with my life, i. e. create a vision board. Some of the phrases I used included: “Make your writing stand out.” “Think small, win big.” “Turn the beat around.” “New beginnings.” I also cut out pictures from one of my writing magazines. I especially liked the picture which resembled a new plant blooming. It’s what I feel like I’m about to do. What form that takes is unknown, but I know I need to take baby steps every day to get there, and the pictures and words I see inspire me to keep going.

The other part of my vision board contains phrases of the type of person I want to be moving forward. They are either quotes from a book I found this spring titled Live Love Now by Rachel Macy Stafford or quotes from different conversations I have had as I’ve endured this time through the pandemic. I especially liked this quote from Live Love Now. “Dare to reach farther than you ever thought you could.” (pg. 255, Natalie Stafford, Live Love Now) It’s what I’m trying to do. It’s what I’m hoping to be, and seeing it on my vision board helps me get there.

Finally, there is the poem I referenced when I began this post. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.

“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;
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,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and Iā€”
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
As the poem says, I’m on a different path now, one I couldn’t have imagined before the pandemic and quarantine. One which celebrates how God made me and how I am wired. One which encourages me to be a bright light in the hard. One in which bravery and courage are requirements.
May we all follow the paths God has put us on whether we do it being cheered on by others or whether we do it alone!

God bless you all!




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