Two Roads Diverged In A Wood, Did I Take The One Less Traveled By?

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”-Robert Frost

This month for our Blogapalooza challenge, we had 1 hour to write about a time you followed the road less traveled and it made all the difference. (The famous Robert Frost poem idealistically wants taking the road less traveled to have been a good thing, but life doesn’t always work out, so also consider writing about a time when it didn’t work out.)

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So, those of you that know me well know that I love a good soapbox to get on every now and then. A few have been filled with my passion of what I feel is right and my ideas of what I feel should be a better direction of ways to go on certain topics.

A few of my soapboxes are just things I am passionate about. Give me time and I can go on about the Chicago Cubs, or my theories on baseball. Give me some time and I will give you a list of my favorite movies and why you should love them too.

I could go on and on about my marathons and how my Ironman finish was one of the coolest events I ever did. How it took me 16 hours to complete and how I can’t wait to finish another one.

There are so many different topics I could go on because, as a friend once told me in a nice way, I am ‘opinionated’. He meant it as a compliment. I think I took it the wrong way when he first said it.

One of the things I talk about the most about is cancer. Being diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer at age 33, gave me a platform to speak about it. Being cancer free 14 years later, gives me an even bigger one on a daily basis.

What I am thinking about now is what I haven’t talked enough about. What road have I not gone down enough?

I am embarrassed and ashamed at how I have taken for granted the gift that God gave me. I have not spoken enough about grace. I have not spoken about the love that God has for me that He sent His one and only Son to die for my sins.

I have not spoken about the ways I constantly screw up and I know I have not spoken about the ways that God keeps forgiving me. AMAZING GRACE! HOW SWEET THE SOUND THAT SAVED….

I’m thankful that God sent me an Angel for my life partner. I cherish my time with her and I’m blessed that I get to hang out with my best friend on a regular basis. I know I talk about her like crazy to others. I post about her on social media almost daily. I post poems, pictures, videos, and just about every cheesy romantic thing I can think of for her to see.

What I don’t do is show her daily how much she means to me. A marriage is full of ups and downs and we certainly have mostly ups. I need to take the road less traveled and raise the bar more often than I do in my role as a husband.

See, she is a better person than me and I am constantly inspired by her faith. It inspires me to be and do better. God certainly knew what He was doing when He had her waiting for me in the Harvest parking lot that day in September 2005.

I’m hoping that when I die, the people at my wake won’t be talking about the stupid soapboxes that I ranted on. I hope the conversations will reflect my heart, my life, and how I lived. I would hope it sounds something like this:

“Steve loved the Lord and openly spoke about Him.”

“Steve cherished his wife, family, and friends.”

“Steve made me laugh. There truly was nothing he wouldn’t do for a laugh.”

“Steve loved baseball and bled Cubbie Blue.”

If those are some of the conversations about me that are taking place, I’m ok with that. I also hope that someone mentions that I saw the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. That would be pretty cool, too.

Two roads diverged in a wood and I tried to take the right one.

Matthew 7:13-14 Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

 

Steve DeLuca is a 13-year, stage 3 colon cancer survivor, acoustic neuroma brain tumor survivor, 23-time marathon finisher, 2007 Ironman Wisconsin finisher, happily married father of 4, and a follower of Jesus. Not all in that order.

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